Hofstra University recently made the list of 20 Best Value Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities for 2018.
The institutions ranked have “gone above and beyond” the services required under federal law, providing specialized support programs for young adults who have learning disabilities, according to Best Value Schools.
“We are delighted to be recognized on this list and are proud of the successes of our diverse community of learners here at Hofstra,” said Jean Peden-Christodoulou, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.
Over the past 10 years, Hofstra’s Student Access Services (SAS) has seen a 74 percent increase in the total number of students registered with the office. And as numbers continue to grow, so does the overall success of students receiving service. For example, 83 percent of students registered with SAS currently have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
In addition to academic success, Hofstra is working to better support and educate families on how to guide and mentor their students with disabilities. The Parent Support Network is a collaborative effort between SAS and the Office of Parent and Family Programs. It provides families with information, as well as an opportunity to connect and share experiences. Additionally, SAS has taken steps to improve outcomes for students with disabilities after they graduate. Most recently, the department has developed collaborative programming with the Career Center to provide students with a positive transition into graduate school or into a career after college.
“Employment rates of people with disabilities in this country are low, and we want to move the needle,” said Julie Yindra, director of Student Access Services at Hofstra. “We are proud of our decades-long legacy of access and opportunity and continue to work to enhance the college experience for all students.”