West Coast Hub Study

Longitudinal Transition Study of NSF-funded Students with Disabilities

The overall focus of all of the research efforts is on understanding the extent of the impact of the TAPINTO-STEM Model on students, faculty, support staff, institutions and employers. If we are to increase the number of students with disabilities pursing degrees and careers in STEM then we must determine which strategies and support services they perceive as most valuable in preparing them for this future.To do this we must collect more and higher quality data2, 3 about factors that promote the success of individuals with disabilities in STEM fields, as was recommended by the NSF Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) (2004).4  We must also build on earlier national data collection efforts.5,6,7  With this in mind, a longitudinal research database, called the AccessSTEM/ AccessComputing/ DO-IT Longitudinal Transition Study (ALTS),8 was created with earlier NSF funding (AccessSTEM9 RDE award #HRD-0227995).