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Report 90-14: Comments on the California Community Colleges' 1989 Study of Students with Learning Disabilities: A Second Report to the Legislature in Response to Supplemental Report Language to the 1988 State Budget Act

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

April 1990

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Supplemental Report Language to the 1988 State Budget Act directed the California Community Colleges to report to the Postsecondary Education Commission on the number, gender, age, and ethnicity of Learning disabled students for the 1987-88 academic year, and then later for the four academic years 1987-88 through 1990-91. It also directed the Commission to comment on these reports to the Legislature.

The Chancellor's Office has prepared the second in this series of required reports, which is reproduced in Appendix B, beginning on page 11 of this document. The preceding pages of the document discuss and summarize that report in comparison with the information in last years' report from the Chancellor's Office.

Based on two years of study of information on this subject, the Commission believes that the Community Colleges' process for selecting students to receive learning disability services shows no evidence of ethnic, gender or age-related bias in its design or operation. In this report, it suggests that the Chancellor's Office continue to collect and report demographic information on community college learning disabled students for review and discussion by the advisory committee convened by the Commission for this project. That group will provide further advice on this issue prior to preparation by the Chancellor's Office of its final report by March 1992.

Commission staff will continue to follow this issue and comment on any future developments regarding it in the biennial reports on services for all disabled students in all three segments of California public higher education that were mandated by Assembly Bill 746 (Hayden, 1987) .

The Commission adopted this report at its meeting on April 30, 1990, on the recommendation of its Policy Evaluation Committee.


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