Transitioning to Higher Education
Different rules govern disability services in college than in K-12 programs; therefore, accommodations at Concordia may vary from those previously received in high school. In college it is the student's right and responsibility to request accommodations, as privacy laws restrict the sharing of certain types of information with others (including parents) without the student's expressed, written consent. The staff of the Disability Services office is available to assist students during their transition to college and throughout their Concordia experience.
Additional information for students and parents can be found in the following article from the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education: Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education.
The Transition from High School to College: A Student & Parent Guide
College life poses different challenges for students with disabilities. When students enroll in college, they are considered responsible adults by faculty and staff. The expectations are that they will assume responsibilities for meeting their class requirements. This added responsibility is coupled with a change in environment. Whereas the high school was a very structured environment with a set schedule, college schedules can vary dramatically. For the first time, students may have considerable time between classes and frequently do not use this time wisely. Students must enforce their own attendance policy and prepare to realize personal consequences if they choose not to attend class. Once students turn 18 years old, they are legally an adult, responsible for their own actions and decisions.
We hope this student & parent handbook will help you better understand some of those distinctions and provide tips on how best to support your son or daughter in college: