GENERAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

Generally Speaking…

 

  • There is more work in college.
  • There is less time to complete assignments.
  • There are less things contributing to your overall grade.
  • There are limited opportunities for extra credit.
  • There are more, and longer, papers.
  • There are things on tests that are not covered in classes.
  • There is a more formal relationship with instructors.
  • There is more stress.
  • You will need to be more independent in seeking out help if you need it.
  • There is more responsibility.
  • There are more things to distract you from your studies.
  • There is often a necessity to juggle work and school schedules.
  • It is much more important to learn how to manage your time appropriately.
  • College is more competitive.
  • Class attendance and note‐taking are more important.
  • You are responsible to seek out the Disability Support Services office, provide appropriate documentation, and receive accommodations.

 

SPECIFIC DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE IN THE PROVISION OF SERVICES FOR DISABLED STUDENTS

 

HIGH SCHOOL

IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) covers students with disabilities until they graduate from high school or turn 21.

The student is sought out by the school.

Education is a mandatory.

The school district identifies students who need services.

The school district is responsible for providing remedial services and receives federal funding to do so.

Placement must be in the least restrictive environment, but may be in special classrooms or resource rooms.

The school district is responsible to conduct and pay for necessary assessments and evaluations at no charge to the student.

Parents must consent to evaluations and placement decisions.

The school district develops a comprehensive Individual Educational Plan.

The school district ensures that the plan is implemented.

Fundamental alteration to course content is allowed.

Special Education is provided as needed.

Personal services are provided as needed.

Decisions made by the educational team.

Success orientation.

COLLEGE

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and The Americans with Disabilities Act covers college students.

The school is sought out by the student.

Education is voluntary.

Students identify themselves as needing services.

Remedial services are not required. No federal funding is provided for the provision of remedial services.

No special placement is provided. Students are mainstreamed in general classes.

The student is responsible to obtain the necessary assessments and evaluations and to provide the results to the college.

Parents are not necessarily consulted in the evaluation and placement process.

The student and the Special Needs advisor develop specific accommodations to meet educational need.

The student is responsible for following the plan.

Fundamental alteration to course content is not allowed.

Special Education is not provided.

Personal services are not provided.

Decisions made by the student.

Ability to compete orientation.