A Universal Design framework used by Student Affairs professionals can have a positive effect on the inclusion, engagement, and potential retention of students within institutions of higher education.
Institutions of Higher Education continue to strive to retain and engage all students. One way that this has been addressed specifically for students with disabilities over the past decade is through the application of Universal Design (UD) regarding reduction of physical barriers, and the application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) regarding reduction of academic barriers (Belch, 2004; Getzel, 2008). The principles and framework of UD have been well established; notably summarized by Burghstahler and Cory (2008). As the focus on UD has increased, the value of UD beyond people with disabilities has gained positive attention (Harper & Quaye, 2009). Originally created as a framework for architecture, UD has expanded to applications inside and outside of the classroom; its very nature spurning users to think creatively and expansively.
This webinar is designed to introduce a UD/UDL framework to participants and then explore the use of UD/UDL within Student Affairs. The webinar will start with on overview of UD and UDL, including the 7 principles of UD, (Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University, 1997), the 3 principles of UDL as described by the National Center on Universal Design for Learning (2010), and the intersections of UD/UDL. The webinar will then move into two models of disability, the Social Justice model and the Social Construction model, which will be used throughout the presentation as a common platform for discussing the application of UD/UDL across Student Affairs.
Case studies will be shared as a means to exemplify the application of UD/UDL across entities within typical Divisions of Student Affairs. Case study examples will include application of UD/UDL to Student Affairs programs, marketing for these programs and/or for various Student Affairs services, common institutional physical space, and the use of technology within Student Affairs. Strengths and challenges of the use of UD/UDL within Student Affairs will also be shared.