ERIC Number: ED206355
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
504 and Admissions: Making the Law Work for the Applicant and the College.
Ross, S. Kathryn; O'Brien, Maureen B.
Recognizing the legislative and institutional difficulties involved in complying with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, this paper describes the efforts of St. Mary's Junior College (SMJC) to develop technical (i.e., non-academic) standards for college admission. The paper first points to particular legislative variables which must be considered, such as which section of the act applies to the college. Next, institutional considerations are discussed, including the importance of applying admissions procedures uniformly, examining the effects of present procedures on the handicapped, and studying the possible outcomes of revising those procedures. Steps to be carried out in revising admissions procedures are then reviewed. Next, the paper defines academic and technical standards for admission and discusses the role of faculty in establishing these standards. After reviewing the variables that should be considered in determining whether a college really needs technical standards, the paper describes SMJC's revision of its admissions procedures. This case study describes SMJC, a private junior college offering programs in allied health and human services fields, and the methods used by the college to: (1) develop technical standards for each program; (2) establish criteria for the technical standards; (3) implement the standards; and (4) gain administrative approval for the standards. (AYC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)