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Campus Connect

Campus Connect
Madison College
Campus Connect
1701 Wright Street
Madison, WI 53704
Program Contact Dr. Eric Hartz
Phone 608-258-2308

Campus Connect is an innovative approach to inclusive post secondary education for learners with intellectual disabilities. The Campus Connect program is a college-based transition program established through a partnership between Madison College and Madison Metropolitan School District. The program takes place on the Madison College campus and provides an opportunity for students who require more than the traditional level of support to be successful in a college environment. Campus Connect has the goal of providing relevant postsecondary academic/vocational preparation leading to paid employment in an area identified by the student.  This program is currently only open to MMSD students, with instruction taking place at the Downtown Madison College campus. Campus Connect has a core College Success course (3 credits) that is required for all students, as well as additional courses related to the student's area of interest. Students are required to enroll in a minimum of 6 credits per semester. To assist students in successfully progressing in a college environment, a full time MMSD teacher has been established to provide tutoring, coordination with disability resource center, and collaborative accommodation arrangements with course instructors. Campus Connect is a fully integrated program with all instruction from Madison College professors, additional tutoring/instruction/support is provided by an onsite MMSD teacher. The goal of providing integrated academic and vocational learning opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities is jointly held by Madison College and MMSD.

Program information submitted: March 9, 2021

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 43
Description of our summer transition program: Student's can continue taking classes in the summer related to college program. 
School district or agency partner: Madison Metropolitan School District
Contact person: Eric Hartz
Program serves students who have left high school? No, all of our students are still in high school
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • SLD
Program length: 3 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 40.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 90.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance: 80% of Campus Connect students receive a grade of a C or Better in their college classes.
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $4500.00
Cost of the program:
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Grant Funding
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 75%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 90%
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: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%