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Aggie ACHIEVE

Aggie ACHIEVE
Texas A&M University
Aggie ACHIEVE
Department of Educational Psychology
4225 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4225
Program Contact Heather Dulas
Email heather_dulas@tamu.edu
Phone (979) 458-0297
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

Aggie ACHIEVE at Texas A&M University is a comprehensive transition program (CTP) for
young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who have exited high school.
Aggie ACHIEVE provides an inclusive and immersive college education and equips students for
employment in the community. Aggie ACHIEVE aligns coursework, internship opportunities, and
extracurricular activities with each student’s academic interests and employment goals. Aggie
ACHIEVE is designed to enroll students for up to four years.

Program information submitted: March 16, 2022

General
Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 19
Requirements
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: December 1
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-27 at program entry
  • The student is not under guardianship
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
Program length
  • 4 years
  • Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 100.00%
Cost
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $20578.00
Room and board: $8060.00
Additional costs: $0.00
Meal plans cost approximately $2000, but vary upon student selection.
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available: Aggie ACHIEVE has several endowed scholarships available through the Texas A&M Foundation.
Academic
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities)
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies includes seven Texas A&M courses, six-credits of Physical Education Activity Program (PEAP), seven-credits of internship, and six seminar courses. Each student's program of study is individually designed through a comprehensive and collaborative process called person-centered planning. Through person-centered planning, students select courses they want to pursue based on their interests, strengths, and long-term goals.
Did ALL students in your program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course either for credit or audit? Yes
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Information on special classes: Aggie ACHIEVE seminars are designed to provide more in-depth instruction such as career awareness, self-determination and advocacy, health and wellness, independent living, financial management, and career exploration. Seminars are program specific. Therefore, they are not formal classes at Texas A&M University and students do not have to register for them. Students take one seminar course each semester based on what individual instructional needs.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) 75-99%
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Health services
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University
Is the credential IHE-approved? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students? Micro-credentials in academics, independent living, employment, and social skills
Do students earn STEM-related certificates? No
Students participate in these campus-wide events
  • IHE Student orientation
  • IHE Family orientation
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Work Study
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
  • Inclusive off campus
  • For the first two years of the program, Aggie ACHIEVE students live in on-campus housing in an apartment setting. During their third and fourth years in the program, Aggie ACHIEVE students will move off campus to a house or apartment that they select with their families.
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Club sports
  • Campus events