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The 2006-07 Graduate Enrollment Survey for
Personnel Preparation Programs in Blindness and Visual Impairments

The goal of the National Center on Severe and Sensory Disabilities (NCSSD) (previously the National Center on Low-Incidence Disabilities) at the University of Northern Colorado is to make a difference in the lives of a million children who are visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, or who have significant support needs. One of the ways we can do this is to develop accurate counts of the number of new professionals produced annually across the country. The University of Northern Colorado has been collecting data on the number of candidates and graduates from university personnel preparation programs in blindness and low vision for approximately 12 years, as part of Goal 3 of the National Agenda for the Education of Children and Youths with Visual Impairments, Including Those with Multiple Disabilities. We continue our commitment to collect this information annually.

Previous survey data have been analyzed and are available at:

Please fill out the survey appropriate to your program. The first part of the survey requests identifying information in case we need to contact you for any reason (e.g., if the number of students exiting is greater than the number of students enrolled). It is important that you indicate which university you represent on the survey. 

You may download an electronic copy of the survey and instructions to send back to us as an email attachment, or complete the survey online. If you do not wish to complete the questionnaire online, you may stop at any time. By leaving the web page, none of your answers will be recorded. We believe the entire survey will take from 30 minutes to two hours to complete, depending on the ease with which you can retrieve the data on your candidates.

We foresee no risks. You are not likely to personally benefit from your participation, but the data analysis will be posted online for your use. University personnel preparation programs in blindness and low vision have found these data particularly useful when writing grant proposals. This survey is based on extant data and is therefore exempt from IRB review.
AUTHORIZATION: By completing the survey, I indicate that I have read the information above and have agreed to participate in this data collection effort. I understand that I have not waived any human or legal rights by doing so, and that my answers will not be saved if I do not hit "Submit" at the bottom of the survey form. If I have any concerns about this study or how I was treated, I will contact:

Dr. Nancy White, Co-Chair
Dr. Gary Heise, Co-Chair
Internal Review Board
Sponsored Programs and Academic Research Center
Kepner Hall
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639
Phone: 970-351-1907

You may download a copy of the form (as an Excel file) and the directions (in html format) and fill it out either electronically or in hard copy. Electronic copies should be sent as an email attachment to Kay Ferrell at Hard copies should be faxed to Kay Ferrell at 970-351-1061.

Data analysis will be faster if you complete the form online. To do this, use the link below and begin the survey by tabbing to the first response, then tab from data point to data point. After some identifying information, the survey form is arranged in columns, with the type of professional running vertically at the left and repeated in the center of the form to accomodate different size computer monitors. Each column has a link to an explanation of the information requested in that column. Note that we are requesting information on the number of candidates with disabilities and/or from minority backgrounds. Column 1 is therefore composed of two sub-columns, "Resident" and "Non-Resident," and each of these sub-columns is divided into "Euro-American," "Euro-American with Disability," "Minority," and "Minority with Disability." You may also enter new categories of professionals at the bottom of the form.
When you have finished entering your data, hit "Submit" at the bottom of the page. The data are automatically recorded for analysis. You should receive a screen that notifies you that your submission was successful ("Data posted") and that gives you a list of your data.

Download blind/low vision survey

Download directions

Research Team:
National Center on Severe and Sensory Disabilities at the
University of Northern Colorado

Kay Alicyn Ferrell, Ph.D.
Executive Director



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