Disadvantage compensation, counseling, health promotion and inclusion as measures to promote study success of ill and disabled students


Prof. Dr. Alfons Hollederer (FB Hu­man­wis­sen­schaf­ten, Universität Kassel)

Prof. Dr. Felix Welti ((FB Hu­man­wis­sen­schaf­ten, Universität Kassel)

Dr. Shweta Mishra (INCHER/Universität Kassel)

running from

09/2021 bis 9/2024

[Translate to Englisch:] gefördert vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Wissenschaft

[Translate to Englisch:] FKZ: 01PX21016

The aim of the project is to investigate the academic success of students with chronic illnesses and disabilities, using the University of Kassel as an example, and to analyze the effectiveness, in particular, of disadvantage compensation in examinations, psychosocial counseling, health promotion, disability-related social services, and students' social networks on academic success or dropout. The study uses a mixed-methods design and consists of three modules.

Under the direction of Dr. Swetah Mishra, INCHER is responsible for Module 2, this sub-project is based on a qualitative design. The module uses grounded theory to analyze qualitative interviews and focuses on disadvantage compensation, social benefits, social networks, and influence on academic success.

Module 1 is based on a quantitative empirical research design. All approximately 25,000 students at the University of Kassel will be surveyed on health and academic success, disadvantage compensation, study-related and psychosocial counseling, health promotion, and social inclusion at 2 measurement time points.

In Module 3, a comprehensive research and analysis of the German and Hessian law for students with disabilities or chronic illnesses at universities and its application is performed.

The results on the legal situation are contrasted with the results from modules 1 and 2. The study integrates both quantifiable influencing factors and subjective evaluations of the students as well as their perception of social support and networks. Another distinctive feature is the interdisciplinary approach and cooperation from the fields of health sciences, higher education, rehabilitation and disability law. In the end, the findings will be used to develop suggestions for "best practices" for compensating disadvantages and social services in order to sustainably promote the academic success of students with disabilities and illnesses.


Links to the cooperating subprojects