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Disability & Diversity: A Universal Model for Success in Higher Education

This project was supported by Grant # P333A080039 awarded by the U.S. Dept. of Education – Office of Postsecondary Education. Points of view in this website are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Education.

Here are some statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics:

  • In 2008, 11% of undergraduates and 8% of graduate students enrolled in postsecondary education in the United States reported having a disability, compared with 11% of undergraduate students reporting a disability in 2004.
  • In 2008, 38% of undergraduate and 33% of graduate students in college were from a minority background as compared to 30% of undergraduate students in 2004.
  • In 2008, 57% of the students enrolled in  postsecondary education were female (a 6%  increase since 2004).
  • In 2008, 40 % of undergraduate students and 89% of graduate students were over 25 years old.

In summary, American colleges and universities are becoming increasingly diverse in terms of gender, age, ethnicity, and disability. The Disability & Diversity Project is based on the premise that students with disabilities often present similar programmatic and instructional challenges and opportunities to postsecondary administrators, faculty, and staff as non-traditional students.

The Disability & Diversity Project goal is to enhance the knowledge and skills of administrators, faculty, and staff through a universal model linking disability and diversity in postsecondary education.

The Disability & Diversity website has been designed to support the attainment of the Project goal. It includes training modules, resources, and Scholar innovations related to instructional strategies, curriculum design, program development, and technology.

Dr. Bobbie J. Atkins - Project Director
Dr. Mari Guillermo - Project Coordinator
San Diego State University
Interwork Institute
3590 Camino del Rio N.
San Diego , CA 92108
Phone: 619.594.0170
Fax: 619.594.0991