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Bobcat RISE (Resilience, Independence, Self-Determination, Empowerment)

Bobcat RISE (Resilience, Independence, Self-Determination, Empowerment)
Texas State University
Bobcat RISE (Resilience, Independence, Self-Determination, Empowerment)
601 University Drive
Department of Education
San Marcos, TX 78666
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Program Contact Dr. Tamara (Tami) Shetron
Program Contact Email
Phone 512-245-5657
Website Program website

Bobcat RISE is Texas State University’s four-year residential inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Program staff and advisors will use person-centered planning to help students learn more about themselves and design the future they envision for themselves. Students will take traditional courses with their peers for P/F (audit). The program curriculum includes required core courses, self-selected interdisciplinary courses, and self-selected courses supporting their career interests. The program also includes a series of workshops focusing on topics that support student development in areas such as finances, social relations and sexuality, political advocacy, and others. Employment and career support will be woven throughout the four-year experience and each semester will include job shadowing and paid or unpaid internships and work experiences. Students will live in housing provided by American Campus Communities and have access to university meal plans. Bobcat RISE students will be able to participate in any activities open to other Texas State University students including the development of their own student organization, participation in other student organizations, sporting, and fine arts events. Students will graduate with their peers after successfully completing four years of course work and employment preparation. Bobcat RISE students will receive a certificate in Academic and Community Studies with concentrations in their area of interest (e.g., education, journalism, library science). Badges will also be developed in areas such as physical education, fine arts, technology, and communications that students can add to their resumes upon successful completion.

Program information submitted: January 24, 2023

Public or private: Public
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
This program will BEGIN serving students in: 2023-2024
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
  • Age range: 18-28
  • The student is not under guardianship
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 4 years
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $11540.00
Room and board: $10088.00
Additional costs: $4,000.00

Books, Supplies, Transportation, and personal items are not included in this estimate. Texas State University estimates that these will cost approximately $4,000 per student per year.

Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Pending (we have applied to become a CTP but have not yet been approved)
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available:

We are working to establish $5,000 scholarships for each of the students in our first year cohort.

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

There will be semester long workshops on relevant topics such as career and employment skills and strategies, financial independence, healthy social and sexual relationships, etc.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 75-99%
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Integrated Academic and Community 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
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive off campus
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation