ERIC Number: ED482319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Oct-31
An Assessment of Learning Outcomes for an Orientation Program for Students with Disabilities.
This study assessed the learning outcomes of students with disabilities who attended the "New Student Orientation Program" at California State University, Northridge in the fall 2003 semester. Forty-two students completed a locally developed pretest and posttest that contained 25 core questions. These questions covered the content areas of accommodation services provided, student advocacy, office location, and timelines to acquire accommodations. A comparison of the pretest scores to the posttest scores demonstrates that students' knowledge about the content increased by 12% overall. However, the students scored lower on the posttest in the five accommodation service areas. A "freshman" subgroup scored lower in three additional content areas. Further study is required to determine the cause of this score discrepancy. A satisfaction survey was also part of the posttest. It indicated that 98% of the students were satisfied with the program. Although this rating is high, several program changes were recommended to ensure higher levels of learning. These included consistent use of language, more one-on-one program time, and ensuring that content areas are covered thoroughly. The pretest and posttest are attached. (Contains 21 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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