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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
Phone 605-274-4926
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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 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: March 17, 2021

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: January 15
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
Program length: 3 years
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 86.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $12000.00
Room and board: $8620.00
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)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available: Each year, a student from each of the three cohorts will be eligible to apply for a $1,000 per year scholarship from the Augie Access Endowment.
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: In the Augie Access course of study is comprised of 72 total credit hours over six semesters. Nineteen credits come from Augie Access specific courses in the areas of employment and transition. The other 53 credits are from the Augustana Course Catalog, chosen by students, that they take for credit or for audit.
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: 19 out of the 72 credits required to graduate from the Augie Access program are specific to Augie Access students. Those classes are: Employment Seminar I & II, Skills for the Social Setting, Leadership, Disability Awareness and Self-Determination, Transitioning to Independent Living, and Consumer Math.
Percentage of academic 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: Augie Access Certificate
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 57%
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%
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
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: Each year, an Augie Access student is elected to the Augustana Student Association to serve as the representative in the student government and Augie Access sponsors the Leadership Club. Students regularly partake in programming offered by Campus Life, including sporting events, outdoor programming events, dances, Late Nights, and housing events.