Degree Duration among Undergraduate Students with Disabilities
Dr. Kaycee L. Bills, Ebony Spears

Students with disabilities are an underrepresented group that often experience several barriers that can impede or prevent them from obtaining a college degree. Additionally, prior studies indicate that the longer it takes a student to finish degree requirements, the less likely they are to graduate. Thus, indicating it is imperative to analyze degree duration among students with disabilities. The purpose of this study is to determine if students with disabilities take longer to graduate than other student demographics. Using the 2015 wave from the Baccalaureate and beyond dataset, chi-square testing and a linear regression were applied in order to determine variables that influenced the number of months it took students to complete degree requirements for their bachelor’s degree. In order to focus on students with disabilities, disability status was used as a moderating variable in the linear regression. The findings demonstrated that despite the accommodations students with disabilities receive; they are still taking longer to graduate than all other student groups. The study concluded that having a disability resulted in a longer degree duration time in comparison to other student demographics.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jehd.v9n4a6