The Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center (DHRC) University Disability Inclusion Dashboard scores universities across four categories:
- Accessibility of the built and virtual environment
- Public image of disability inclusion
- Accommodation request processes and procedures
- Grievance policies related to disability accommodations
Overall scores are calculated as the sum of the four category scores (Table 1). A total of 100 points are possible. Overall letter grades determined the overall scores.
Based on overall accessibility and disability inclusion scores (Figure 1):
- 0 universities received an A
- 1 university received a B
- 5 universities received a C
- 7 universities received a D
- 12 universities received an F
Higher NIH funding was associated with better accessibility and disability inclusion scores (Table 1):
- Among the 5 universities with the most NIH funding, the average accessibility and disability inclusion score was 58 points (out of 100 points), and letter grades ranged from C to F.
- Among the 5 universities with the least NIH funding, the average accessibility and disability inclusion score was 59 points (out of 100 points), and letter grades ranged from D to F.
Based on the accessibility and disability inclusion sub-category scores (Figure 2):
- Accessibility of the build and virtual environment: 0 universities scored 20 out of 20 points
- Public image of disability inclusion: 0 universities scored 20 out of 20 points
- Accommodation request processes and procedures: 1 university scored 50 out of 50 points
- Grievance policies related to disability accommodations: 21 universities scored 10 out of 10 points
Table 1: The Johns Hopkins Table 1. The Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center (DHRC) University Disability Inclusion Total Scores and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Funding for Undergraduate Institutions, October 2021
NIH Funding ($ FY 2020)
Overall Grade(Letter Grade)
Overall Score(100 points)
Public Image(20 points)
Grievance Policy (10 points)
|1||JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY||$807,432,003||D||65||10||5||40||10|
|2||UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES||$673,201,228||C||70||10||10||40||10|
|3||UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN AT ANN ARBOR||$641,965,656||F||50||0||10||30||10|
|5||UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA||$593,605,914||F||50||10||10||25||5|
|6||UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH AT PITTSBURGH||$570,146,095||F||50||5||10||25||10|
|10||UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON||$533,302,350||B||85||15||15||45||10|
|11||UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO||$524,978,793||F||55||10||10||25||10|
|12||UNIV OF NORTH CAROLINA CHAPEL HILL||$511,185,245||F||55||10||5||30||10|
|14||NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY AT CHICAGO||$367,414,121||C||70||5||10||45||10|
|15||UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA||$340,417,756||D||60||10||10||30||10|
|16||UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON||$338,121,506||F||50||10||15||15||10|
|17||UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM||$325,573,502||C||70||5||10||45||10|
|18||UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA||$324,592,664||C||75||5||10||50||10|
|19||UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER||$292,134,808||F||45||0||5||30||10|
|20||UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT DAVIS||$254,622,553||F||50||10||5||25||10|
|21||UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO||$246,330,700||D||65||5||10||40||10|
|22||OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY||$241,268,189||D||60||5||10||35||10|
|23||INDIANA UNIV-PURDUE UNIV AT INDIANAPOLIS||$232,986,943||F||50||10||10||20||10|
|24||UNIVERSITY OF UTAH||$228,951,281||F||50||5||10||35||0|
|25||CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY||$197,030,888||F||30||0||5||20||5|
Table 1 shows the overall and category scores for each university. Data was collected from publicly available university webpages between June and September 2021. These webpages included the main university homepage, the undergraduate admissions webpage, and the disability services office webpage.
Total NIH research funding each university received during fiscal year 2020 was determined from NIH Reporter. Only postsecondary institutions that offer undergraduate degree programs were included in these rankings.
The scores on this dashboard are current as of October 1, 2021. These scores and NIH funding may change over time as university websites are updated. These data only include information about policies, procedures, and accessibility publicly available on university websites.
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