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Title:  Public-Use Data Files and Documentation: Students with Disabilities at Postsecondary Institutions, 2008-09 (NCES 2011-019)
Description: This file contains 2008–09 data from a quick-response survey titled “Students with Disabilities at Postsecondary Education Institutions.” The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) in the U.S. Department of Education requested that the National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, conduct the survey using the Postsecondary Education Quick Information System (PEQIS). The survey was designed to provide national data collected from degree-granting postsecondary institutions about students with disabilities, the services and accommodations provided to these students, and various aspects of institutional accessibility. A disability was defined as a physical or mental condition that causes functional limitations that substantially limit one or more major life activities, including mobility, communication (seeing, hearing, speaking), and learning. NCES released the results of the survey in the publication, “Students with Disabilities at Degree-Granting Postsecondary Institutions” (NCES 2011–018).

In November 2009, questionnaires and cover letters for the study were mailed to the PEQIS survey coordinators at the approximately 1,600 Title IV eligible, degree-granting, 2-year and 4-year postsecondary institutions in the 50 states and the District of Columbia that compose the PEQIS panel. Coordinators were informed that the survey was designed to be completed by the person(s) at the institution most knowledgeable about the institution’s students with disabilities, and the services provided to these students by the institution. Respondents were given the option of completing the survey online or on paper. Telephone follow-up for survey nonresponse and data clarification was initiated 3 weeks after mailout and completed in June 2010. The response rates were 91 percent unweighted and 89 percent weighted.

This survey collected information on the enrollment of students with disabilities, services and accommodations provided, documentation accepted as verification of a disability, educational and accessibility materials and activities provided, and Universal Design (an approach that integrates accessibility features into the overall design of products and environments). Information about students with disabilities represents only those students who had identified themselves in some way to the institution as having a disability, since these are the only students about whom the institutions could report. The survey also included questions about institutional practices and accessibility that were completed by all institutions regardless of whether they enrolled any students with disabilities.
Online Availability:
Cover Date: June 2011
Web Release: June 23, 2011
Publication #: NCES 2011019
Center/Program: NCES
Type of Product: Data File
Survey/Program Areas: Postsecondary Education Quick Information System (PEQIS)
Questions: For questions about the content of this Data File, please contact:
John H. Ralph.