Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Metropolitan State University: Training for Inclusiveness

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Metropolitan State University: Training for Inclusiveness

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The 50-year-old Metropolitan State University of Denver is working to train faculty and staff to show them how to make their courses more inclusive, according to Gregory Sullivan, director of the Access Center and Testing Services. The training is available online and through video that informs the faculty and staff about working and providing services for students on campus. The university has a student body of more than 23,000 students with 1,300 who have requested accommodation services.

Sullivan has served on the Board of the Learning Disabilities Association of Colorado and as co-chair of the Colorado Department of Education's Special Education Advisory Committee. He said the university had been dedicating more education and outreach geared to promoting access. Topics include how students with disabilities can be successful in college and how to prepare students to handle the transition from high school to college. The program includes informing students with disabilities of their legal rights.

"We have an adaptive technology specialist on staff," Sullivan said. …

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