ERIC Number: ED460705
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb-22
High Tech Centers for Students with Disabilities in the California Community Colleges: A Program Outputs Study.
California Community Colleges, Sacramento. High-Tech Center for the Disabled.
This document overviews a descriptive study conducted by the High-Tech Training Unit (HTCU) at the request of the California Community College Chancellor's Office. The mission of the 114 High Tech Centers (HTCs) at California Community Colleges is to train disabled students in the use of access technologies as a method of mainstreaming them into campus computing facilities and instructional resources. In addition to evaluating the success of the HTCs and their students, the purpose of the study was to gain information about the services provided by HTCs, including who they serve, what staffing and equipment resources are provided, and how HTCs interact with local campus and off-campus contingency groups. A survey instrument was developed and sent to 27 California community colleges requesting information about academic year 1997-1998. Results from the 27 institutions indicate that, overall, HTCs are providing diversified programs that have adapted themselves to the needs of students and institutional resources. The majority of programs offer training courses to blind, low vision, physically disabled, and learning disabled students. Results also suggest that measures of success are based primarily on whether students pass HTC courses, while few colleges focus on competency with specific tools, student outcomes, or program operations. Further results and limitations are discussed, and recommendations are offered. (SKF)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Accessibility (for Disabled), Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Community Colleges, Compliance (Legal), Computer Uses in Education, Disabilities, Educational Planning, Educational Technology, Institutional Mission, Learning Disabilities, Program Implementation, Special Needs Students, Student Needs, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. High-Tech Center for the Disabled.