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ERIC Number: ED506945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 51
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Higher Education and Disability: Education Needs a Coordinated Approach to Improve Its Assistance to Schools in Supporting Students. Report to the Chairman, Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives. GAO-10-33
US Government Accountability Office
Research suggests that more students with disabilities are pursuing higher education than in years past, and recent legislative changes, such as those in the Higher Education Opportunity Act and Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, have the potential to increase the number and diversity of this population. GAO was asked to examine (1) what is known about the population of postsecondary students with disabilities; (2) how postsecondary schools are supporting students with disabilities; (3) what challenges, if any, schools face in supporting these students; and (4) how the Department of Education is assisting schools in supporting these students. To conduct this work, GAO analyzed federal survey and some state data; conducted site visits; interviewed agency officials, disability experts, school officials, and students; and reviewed laws, regulations, and literature. To improve access to quality higher education for students with disabilities, GAO recommends that the Secretary of Education develop and implement a coordinated approach to optimize agency resources and knowledge in providing technical assistance to postsecondary schools in supporting students with disabilities. Education agreed with our recommendation and plans to create a work group to develop and implement a coordinated approach to providing technical assistance. Six appendices are included: (1) Technical Appendix; (2) Data on Students with Disabilities; (3) Postsecondary Schools, Associations, and Experts Interviewed; (4) Postsecondary Schools That Received Education Grants to Support Students with Disabilities in FY 2008; (5) Comments from the Department of Education; and (6) GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments. (Contains 11 tables, 5 figures and 43 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Higher Education Opportunity Act 1970; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)