Publication Date

Summer 2015

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Carl Myers (Director), Frederick Grieve, and Christina Noel

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


This study examined the executive functioning skills as students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) entered college. The participants consisted of 95 college students with ASD who attended the Kelly Autism Program (KAP) on Western Kentucky University’s campus in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The individuals in the sample were categorized three groups: individuals who graduated from college, individuals who were still attending college, and individuals who dropped out of college. The results indicated that the executive functioning skills of inhibiting and initiation were statistically significantly different between the three groups and additional skills were significantly different when comparing only the group that graduated from college with the group that dropped out of college.


Personality and Social Contexts | Psychology