Ten years ago, King Banaian suggested that a lot of university marketing was selling something more akin to summer camp. The notion of offering young people a residential college experience, without calculus or music theory, has been in play for some time.  Now comes residential college for students with profound learning disabilities.  Joanne Jacobs asks the right question.
A new state-funded center in the College of Education and Human Performance “will grant $3.5 million annually in scholarships to students with disabilities.” I know this is supposed to be a feel-good story, but . . . Shouldn’t the “college experience” including higher education? Florida will spend $3.5 million so young people who lack the ability to do college-level work can live in a dorm and hang out on a university campus.
Perhaps, as a commenter suggests, it's a better experience for the young people than the more usual assisted living arrangement.  And perhaps, there will be work-study opportunities for rehabilitation and special education majors.

On the other hand, it's unlikely that such enrollment ploys are going to have any effect on the sales of U.S. News-style college guides.

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