A multi-institution retention program for students with disabilities in STEM undergraduate program: Impacts on students, faculty and institutions.

Author: Linda thurston

Linda P. Thurston, Ph.D., is professor emerita at Kansas State Universiy, where she served as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Education, professor in the Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs, and Lydia E. Skeen endowed chair in education. She taught in the special education graduate program for two decades before moving to teach research and evaluation courses. Thurston is the founding director of the Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation at K-State, providing evaluation services for agencies, universities and organizations around the country. She served as a program director with the National Science Foundation in the disabililty, gender and evaluation programs. Thurston has been PI on NSF and USDE awards for gender and disability projects. Thurston is active in the American Evaluation Association and is external evaluator on 2 two projects related to students with disabilities in postsecondary education.