ERIC Number: ED310616
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Profile of Handicapped Students in Postsecondary Education, 1987. National Postsecondary Student Aid Study. Survey Report.
Greene, Bernard; Zimbler, Linda
This report on the handicapped population in postsecondary education is based on the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study and provides data based on the students enrolled in postsecondary institutions in the fall of 1986. At that time, over 12.5 million postsecondary students were enrolled, and of these, 1.3 million reported that they had a handicap. The most prevalent handicap reported was a visual handicap, reported by more than one-half million students. The data also indicate that a higher proportion of students at 2-year and less-than-2-year institutions were handicapped than at 4-year and above institutions. Few differences were found in the characteristics of handicapped and non-handicapped students. Most handicapped and non-handicapped students were attending school full time; most were white, non-Hispanic; and most lived off campus, not with their parents. The distributions of handicapped and non-handicapped students by major field of study were, for the most part, very similar in 1986. Handicapped students were only slightly more likely than non-handicapped students to be receiving financial aid. The report contains a section highlighting major findings, provides guidance in interpreting the data, and then presents the data (in tabular and textual forms) in three major sections concerned with incidence, characteristics, and financial aid. Technical notes on the study are appended. (DB)
Descriptors: College Students, Disabilities, Incidence, Minority Groups, Postsecondary Education, Student Characteristics, Student Financial Aid
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.