The United States has thousands of colleges and universities across the country. Each is unique in its own way, but all schools have something in common: they cannot discriminate against anyone due to his or her disability.
U.S. schools are responsible for making their courses, campus, activities and services accessible to people with disabilities. This includes physical access to college buildings, transportation, housing, and other facilities.
Schools are also required to provide reasonable accommodations and services so students with disabilities can access their education. This includes classes, tests, and school-sponsored events and activities.
As students begin the process of applying for college entrance for next fall, there is continued public discussion about the cost of higher education. A recent article in the New York Times cites a study that found that despite the rise in tuition sticker prices, the amount students actually pay has remained stable over the past decade. That fact, however, is too often missed and the pressure remains to contain costs in order to ensure that a college education is affordable and accessible.
In this regard, the landscape for higher education is changing. For many years, we operated under what one commentator called the “law of more.” If we wanted to do more we raised more revenue by enrolling more students and imposing large tuition increases. Those days are over. The demographics in certain areas of the country will preclude substantially larger enrollments. So too, the economy, together with public demand, will restrain colleges from imposing large tuition increases. This represents a fundamental change for most of us who for years focused on the revenue side of the budget and now need to devote much greater attention to the expense side of our budgets.