Students With Disabilities Are Unhappy With Their College Education

Students With Disabilities Are Unhappy With Their College Education

According to research released today, two thirds (62%) of college students with learning disabilities or mental health issues are unhappy with the education they are currently receiving.

Learning technology expertsGlean carried out the research to find out how students with disabilities, learning difficulties and mental health issues feel about the sudden switch to blended learning, and if a lack of face-to-face support was negatively impacting their education.

The study, of 250 college students, found that less than 30% of those with autism are happy with their education, despite 72% admitting that their college offers good assistive accommodations. In comparison, only 32% of students with ADHD felt their colleges offered good accommodations, and 42% claimed to be happy with the education they are receiving.

In addition to accommodation offerings, students were also concerned about the assistance provided by their colleges, with more than 80% of students with disabilities disagreeing that their university provides students with lots of support.

Looking at mental health, just 1 in 10 suffering from depression think their college provides them with the necessary support, and just 14% felt they were prepared for college.

Looking at other mental health concerns, just 35% of students with anxiety issues are happy with their college, and 80% felt unprepared for the transition into higher education.

When it comes to online learning, 48% of students who suffer from mental health issues agreed that their studying had gotten worse since learning from home. However, 36% of students with Autism said that their learning has improved since being at home, this was the only group to have declared more improvement at home than in class. This indicates that colleges will need to consider how to accommodate students who prefer home learning and students who prefer in-person classes.

Katherine Hamilton, Brand Manager at Glean, said: “It is clear that blended learning has impacted all students especially those with learning difficulties, mental health issues and physical disabilities too. One of the biggest consequences of blended learning is the shift to online learning and therefore the use of technology. Educational technology is an incredible resource, it has proven to be an extremely beneficial accommodation offering for students with disabilities and may be able to solve some of the issues these students and institutions are facing.

At Glean, we have recently launched Glean for Education to transform the way higher education institutions support learning in a post-Covid world. Our new program, Glean for Education, is an end-to-end solution designed specifically to digitally transform note taking support to improve learning outcomes, and in turn, to increase student satisfaction and retention.”

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