What is Think College?

Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, Think College supports evidence-based and student-centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families.

Think College Fact Sheet (downloadable PDF)

We conduct and extend our work through several specific projects, described below.

Current Projects

Think College National Coordinating Center

​National Coordinating Center for Transition Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disability (TPSID) (2010-2025)

The National Coordinating Center offers support, coordination, training, and evaluation services for Transition and Postsecondary Education Program (TPSID) grantees, as well as other programs for students with intellectual disabilities nationwide. 

Funded by the Office of Postsecondary Education at the US Department of Education, Grant #P407B200001, FY2021-2025

Transition Leadership Certificate

Transition Leadership Graduate Degree/Certification Program (2012-2020)

The Transition Leadership program is designed to prepare initially or professionally licensed professionals who wish to obtain an education specialist endorsement in transition services. The courses are taught online with an on-site practicum and strong mentoring relationships. Scholarships are available to scholars who support students identified as having low-incidence disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, autism, sensory impairments, and traumatic brain injury.

Funded by Office of Special Education Programs at the US Department of Education, Grant #H325K160082

Future Quest Island-Explorations

Future Quest Island-Explorations (2018-2023)

FQI-E is an engaging game-based online curriculum focusing on college and career awareness using the evidenced-based “Possible Selves” framework to support improved self-concept, social and emotional competence, and early college and career awareness for elementary students in grades 3-5 with and without disabilities.

Funded by the Federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) 2018-2023

Moving Transition ForwardMoving Transition Forward (2019-2021)

This two-year project examines the composition and impact of existing transition practices via a series of research studies that will involve secondary analysis of two national datasets.

Funded by Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), Special Education Research Grants competition, Award number: R324A190085

Past Projects

Future Quest Island

Think College: Future Quest (2012-2018)

Future Quest assists all middle school students to prepare for high school and postsecondary education and employment after high school. Future Quest’s online activities promote student self-advocacy, self-exploration, organization, and technology literacy skills.

Funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Grant #H327510012.

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center

​Rehabilitation and Research Training Center on Transitioning Youth and Vocational Rehabilitation (2014-2018)


This study looks at the role and impact of vocational rehabilitation (VR) in inclusive higher education for youth with intellectual disability and autism.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Grant Number: 90RT5034-02-01

Think College Transition Project

​Think College Transition Model Project (2014-2017)

The Think College Transition Project is developing and implementing an inclusive dual-enrollment transition model designed to improve achievement and post-school outcomes for youth with intellectual disabilities and autism.

Funded by US Department of Education, Investing in Innovation funds, with matching funds from the Peter and Elizabeth Tower Foundation.