ERIC Number: ED283313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
College Freshmen with Disabilities Preparing for Employment. A Statistical Profile...
The report provides statistical data on disabled American college freshmen based on a 1985 survey of almost 300,000 entering college freshmen at 546 institutions of higher education. Information on income, funding sources, academic achievement, academic goals, career aspirations, and political views was collected. Results indicated an increase to 7.4% in number of students indicating they had a handicap (from 2.6% in 1978). Other results indicated that disabled college freshmen tended to be older, less academically prepared for a higher education, less self confident, and more dependent on grants, scholarships, and loans. Disabled students were slightly more ambitious in aspiring to associate, doctorate, medical and law degrees than freshmen in general. Disabled freshmen were more interested than other freshmen in the arts and humanities, education, physical sciences, social sciences, and technical studies; and less interested in business and engineering. When asked about their probable career choice, disabled adolescents indicated the same interests as all freshmen, except for a lower ambition to achieve executive positions in business and a slightly higher ambition to be a physician. (DB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. HEATH Resource Center.; President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, Washington, DC.