National longitudinal data on first-time, full-time entering college freshmen indicate that the number of students with learning disabilities had more than doubled between 19 (Henderson, 1995). Department of Education (1989) reported that approximately 3% of all college students have learning disabilities.In 1996, the most recent year for which longitudinal survey results are available, students with learning disabilities accounted for 3.1 percent of all freshman on the nation's two and four-year college campuses (This Year's Freshmen, 1997). Other incidence figures indicate numbers vary by type of college, e.g., the presence of students with learning disabilities may be as high as 11% in small liberal arts colleges (Cohen, 1984) and 5% in professional schools (Parks, Antonoff, Drake, Skiba, & Soberman, 1987).
A student approaches a faculty member after the first day of class and informs her that he has a learning disability and will need extended time on all exams.For example, in a survey of faculty at a small public university, Matthews, et al.(1987) found that the majority of faculty were willing to provide 74% of a range of possible accommodations listed for students with learning disabilities.Must faculty provide all accommodations that are requested by students with learning disabilities? Faculty across the country are dealing with these and similar questions on a daily basis.In fact, students with learning disabilities are the fastest growing disability group on college campuses.