ERIC Number: ED322698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Profile of University Students with Learning Disabilities.
Wilczenski, Felicia L.; Gillespie-Silver, Patricia
Data were collected on 211 undergraduates who were followed by Learning Disabled Student Services (LDSS) at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst during the academic year 1988-1989. Additional data on educational backgrounds were collected for 80 members of the LDSS population, to define variables important in predicting college outcomes. Subsamples of academically high- and low-achieving learning-disabled students were contrasted. Forty percent of the students were female and 60% were male. Ninety percent of the students were of traditional college age, and over 80% were white. Transfer students made up 23% of the population. A disproportionate number of students had majors in fine arts, social science, and education. The high school class rank and the Scholastic Aptitude Test scores were lower than the University average. The majority of LDSS students had a long-standing history of learning problems and had received special education in high school. However, less than half of those students chose to identify their special needs at the time of college admission. Students with language-based learning disabilities experienced greater academic difficulty than students with nonverbal processing problems. Reasons for these findings are analyzed, and it is concluded that factors such as social/emotional maturity differentiate high- and low-achieving learning-disabled students. Includes five references. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the New England Educational Research Organization (Rockport, ME, May 1990).