transition from high school to college is difficult for all students.It
can be considerably more difficult for students with disabilities.
Part of this difficulty
stems from a misunderstanding regarding the accommodations and services
provided at the post-secondary level as compared to those provided
in the secondary setting. Post-secondary and secondary institutions
are governed by different laws and regulations. As such, there are
differences in the rights and responsibilities placed on the student
and the institution when the student moves to a post-secondary level
In addition once entering
college, students become responsible for things they may never have
had to worry about. Suddenly, sometimes for the first
time, students are responsible for eating, sleeping, studying, and
going to class without the prompting or supervision of parents or
teachers. They are also responsible for maintaining safe and healthy
social habits without the support and assistance of parents. Many
students find this sudden freedom and responsibility to be overwhelming.
It is imperative that
prospective college students and their parents become aware of these and other
differences before the student begins classes at a post-secondary
provided below was partially developed from information originally
compiled by AHEAD, HEATH, and Oklahoma City Community College.
Between Secondary and Post-Secondary Institutions
for Making the Transition from High School to College