2865 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-6800
Aggies Elevated is a program started at Utah State University in the Fall of 2014 designed to make the college experience accessible for students with intellectual disabilities. This program provides a traditional college experience, the chance to learn and live independently, and to work in a field that is suited to the student's interests and abilities. We believe in the principles of inclusion and life-long learning, and that those principles should extend beyond high school for everyone, regardless of disability. \ \ Aggies Elevated students live in on-campus housing right alongside their fellow Utah State Aggies. They have full access to all student activities, clubs, sporting events and other experiences that are part of life on a traditional residential college campus. While the Aggies Elevated program provides them with some coursework, the students are integrated into traditional university classrooms. \ \ These inclusive classroom experiences are crucial to helping each student meet his or her goals. Similar programs around the country have found that the inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities into regular classrooms actually enhances the learning experience for all students, that is what is happening at USU.
|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:||11|
|Description of our summer transition program:||
Each summer admitted students are required to read an assigned book as part of the Freshman Common Liturature Experience at USU. All freshman at the university take a course pre-semester that has this as a requirement. We work with admitted Aggies Elevated students to read the required book, learn the topics needed for class discussions, and write a paper due the first day of the pre-semester week long course. Students are required to meet with AE staff during the summer before their first semester as preparation for this course.
Secondly, all admitted Aggies Elevated students participate in a BASE Camp experience a couple days before the start of classes with Aggies Elevated staff. They are introduced to mentors and other staff, get an orientation to college life, have a little fun canoeing or rock climbing in the canyon, and learn some essential skills to be successful as a college student. These summer transition programs are requried for all admitted students and not available to students that have not been admitted to the program.
|School district or agency partner:||NA|
|Deadline to apply to this program:||September--Yearly|
|Link to admissions process:||Admissions link|
|Requirements for admission to this program:||
|Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:||
|Program length:||2 years|
|Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates|
|Percent of students applying who are admitted:||39%|
|Room and board:||$2,820.00|
|Program specific fees:||$0.00|
|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:||
Andrea and Gary Powell Aggies Elevated Scholarship: This scholarship is available for admitted aggies elevated students to apply for. Priority goes to students who's parents are teachers or current tax return reports income less than $50,000 per year.
|Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):||
|More about course access:||
Students have access to a variety of inclusive college courses. Students can take 1000 and 2000 level courses for Audit or Credit. Students are also required to take some Aggies Elevated specific courses that are foundational to the supports they need to be successful. Those courses include, Self-Determination and Advocacy, Navigating Adulthood, and Career Exploration, etc. Students meet with the program director and general advising to decide what courses they want to take each semester.
|Students take courses that are only for students in this program:||Yes|
|Information on special classes:||
Students are also required to take some Aggies Elevated specific courses that are foundational to the supports they need to be successful. Those courses include, Self-Determination and Advocacy, Navigating Adulthood, and Career Exploration, etc. Each semester students take some form of Career Exploration course Career Exploration 1 & 2, Career Related Social Skills and Internship. They participate in 2-3 semesters of internship and these can be paid or unpaid based on the student's interest.
|Time spent only with other students in this program:||Between 25% of the time and half the time|
|Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program:||Integrated College and Community Studies|
|The credential(s) is/are:||
|Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program:||63%|
|Other career development activities are:||
|Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program:||67%|
|We offer the following specialized credentials:||
|Housing is provided to students:||Yes|
|Housing options available:||
|Students participate in student organizations on campus:||Yes|
|Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program:||25%|
|Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:||
Students in the Aggies Elevated program have access to every social/extracurriculuar activity that traditionally admitted students have on campus. You can follow the link to see the list of clubs availble. www.usu.edu
Our students attend sporting events, social activities, debates, comedians, art festivals and many other activities throughout the school year.