ERIC Number: ED373627
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
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Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990: Organization, Compliance and Concern in Higher Education. AIR 1994 Annual Forum Paper.
Fornadel, William M.; Taylor, Alton L.
This study investigated the organization, compliance, and concerns of public higher education regarding the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. A survey was developed and mailed to 480 colleges and universities selected randomly within each Carnegie Classification. Analysis of responses from 270 institutions indicated that public higher education administrators understand and "grasp" the complexities of the ADA, and that they have organized the function within the institution to respond to the specific requirements of the law. Approximately 50 percent of the study group was found to be near full compliance but only 6 percent of the institutions were identified as fully compliant. Two additional surveys were conducted approximately 1 year following the main study to determine if institutional researchers have assisted ADA coordinators and whether and how ADA coordinators have utilized the services of the office of institutional research regarding ADA issues. Both studies revealed that neither administrative unit typically used the services of or communicated with the other. Institutional researchers were not familiar with the ADA coordinator's needs and the ADA coordinator was unfamiliar with how the office of institutional research might assist their efforts. (Contains 24 references.) (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: AIR Forum; Americans with Disabilities Act 1990
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (34th, New Orleans, LA, May 29-June 1 1994).