Nachman co-authors review of literature on college students with autism

Brett Nachman

UW–Madison’s Brett Nachman co-authored an article in the Review of Higher Education, titled “An Exploration of Actionable Insights Regarding College Students with Autism: A Review of the Literature.”

Nachman is a doctoral candidate in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. His collaborators on the article include Bradley E. Cox, Kerry Thompson, Steven Dawson, Jeffrey A. Edelstein, and Chase Breeden.

“A large and growing population of students with autism is increasingly pursuing higher education,” begins the article. “Yet, the field has a remarkably small literature base from which to glean actionable insights that might enhance postsecondary success for this population.”

In examining over 13,000 items published in 16 journals over a 16-year period, the article further explains, the authors found only 21 articles on the topic of autism; none of these were published in mainstream higher education journals.

The authors say that their aim in explicating this literature is to map “the contours of the emerging body of literature on college students with autism,” as well as undercover problematic patterns, identify unanswered questions, and provide guidance for future research.  

The article is the first Review of Higher Education article that focuses on autism. To learn more or download the article, visit the Project Muse website, here.