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Augie Access

Augie Access
Augustana University
Augie Access
2001 Summit Ave
Madsen Center, Room 221
Sioux Falls, SD 57197
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Program Contact Jessica Lamb
Program Contact Email
Phone 605-274-4926
Website Program website
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As an outcome-based Comprehensive Post-Secondary and Transition Program, Augie Access will empower 18-26 year old students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to obtain competitive employment, live independently, and engage socially through explicit instruction in career readiness, self-determination, and employment internships.

Program information submitted: February 21, 2022

Public or private: Private
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 18
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: 2nd Friday in January
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
Program length:
  • 3 years
  • Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 80.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 75.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance: 10 students applied for Fall 2021; 8 were accepted. First year students returning (6 out of 8) were due to pursing a degree at tech school and cost factors for the other student.
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $12800.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $12800.00
Room and board: $5816.00
Program fees: $0.00
Additional costs:
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
  • Local School District funds
Scholarships available: Augie Access Endowment Scholarship: A student from Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 is chosen each year to receive a $1,000 based on demonstrated financial need. No application necessary - the scholarship is awarded from the Financial Aid Office.
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: A mix-hybrid, 72 credit program, Augie Access students take only 21 credits of Augie Access specific courses. The remaining 51 credits from the course catalog (for credit or audit). Students may take courses in all catalog courses except for Nursing and Civitas (Honors) Program courses.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Augie Access specific courses center on transition/independent living skills. Below is a list of the courses, their title, and the credits. AUAC 065: Employment Seminar I (3 credits) AUAC 070: Skills for the Social Setting (3 credits) AUAC 067: Employment Seminar II (3 credits) AUAC 051: Leadership (3 credits) AUAC 035: Transitions to Independent Living (3 credits) AUAC 050: Self-Determination and Disability Awareness (3 credits) AUAC 080: Consumer Math (3 credits)
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 50-74%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Career Studies
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 79%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 50%
Additional information about career development and work experience: Students enroll in EDUC 295, a repeatable internship, for three semesters. They earn 3 college credits for each 120 hours. Students take AUAC 065 and 067, a year long employment seminar course centered on career development, exploration, and strengthen soft skills.
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 100%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Study abroad
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation