accreditation

resources to help programs learn more about program accreditation standards

Tools to Explore the Program Accreditation Standards

Currently, there is no formal process by which college programs for students with ID can become accredited.  While that process is being created, we offer college programs for students with intellectual disability some tools that they can use to become familiar with Program Accreditation Standards. Click here to learn about and access the tools we have developed. 

Looking Back and Looking Forward: A Personal Perspective on How Accreditation Standards will Improve Inclusive Higher Education

Twenty years ago there were only a few college options for students with intellectual disability. There are now over 300 postsecondary programs nationally serving over 6,500 students. While this is impressive, we still have a long way to go. Stephanie Smith Lee shares how accreditation can help along the way.

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Accreditation Report Submitted to US Department of Education

The Think College National Coordinating Center has completed the Report on Model Accreditation Standards for Higher Education Programs for Students with Intellectual Disability: Progress on the Path to Education, Employment, and Community Living, and submitted it to the US Department of Education and relevant Congressional committees.

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College Options for Students with ID Expand in Portugal

In October 2020, Meg Grigal, co-PI of the Think College National Coordinating Center (NCC), received an email from Marisa Maia Machado, Researcher at the Department of Education and Psychology at University of Aveiro (UA) in Portugal. Marisa explained that she became passionate about including students with intellectual and developmental disabilitie