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Transitioning to Higher Education

Transitioning to Higher Education

Changes in the Game from High School

If you are a person who benefited from disability accommodation as a child/young adult, you may be used to parents and specialists making arrangements to ensure your success. Now that you are in college, you will be expected to be more self-sufficient and responsible for self-advocating.

Some High School-College Differences

High School University
Primary Disability Legislation Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and 2008
Assessment School conducts assessment and provides documentation of disability Student must provide current documentation of disability by a qualified professional
Getting Accommodations School initiates services and sets up meetings Student initiates requests for meetings with Office of Academic Success staff and accommodations
Educational Goals School determine goals and monitors progress of student Student sets own goals and monitors progress*
Course Workload May be modified or reduced Will not be modified*
Homework May consist of 1-2 hours per day, much of it done in class Student should expect to spend an additional 2-3 hours of study for each hour spent in class*
Reading Minimal outside reading Reading-intensive environment; reading requires analytical skills and retention of information*
Accommodations Determined by broad educational and legal mandates Determined by current impact of disability, student request, and essential requirements of the course

University of Minnesota Duluth - Augmented for University of Minnesota Morris 2012

* This does not mean you won’t receive assistance from our office! Students at the UMM are expected to advocate for themselves, however the Office of Academic Assistance is open for questions and any additional support that they can provide to help make an easier transition.

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