High School vs. College
Welcome to Walters State Community College and congratulations on the start of your college career! You will experience a variety of differences in the college setting compared to your high school experience. Below are comparisons important to students with disabilities.
- Education is an entitlement.
- Accommodations are governed by Individuals with Disabilities Act: IDEA and Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
- IDEA is focused on success.
- Students needing services are identified by the school. The school can and most often initiates the process of eligibility and service provision.
- School systems provide evaluations for determining eligibility at no cost to the student.
- Accommodations are outlined in and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Section 504 plan.
- Teachers take responsibility for implementing the Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
- High schools can modify academic requirements such as required curriculum and grading.
- Parents have access to student records and often participate in the accommodation process.
- Education is a choice.
- Accommodations are governed by Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title 11: ADA and Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
- ADA is focused on access. Success is not guaranteed.
- Students must request accommodations through the Office of Disability Services. The student must initiate the process of obtaining accommodations.
- Documenting a disability is up to the student and is at their own expense. Walters State does not provide evaluations.
- At Walters State, accommodations are outlined in an Educational Support Plan (ESP).
- Students are responsible for seeing that the Educational Support Plan (ESP) is implemented.
- Colleges are not required to alter any essential course requirements or adjust assignment deadlines.
- Parents do not have access to student records. Disability Services staff do not communicate with parents about the student without the student being present or giving written consent.