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Community of Inclusive Scholars

Community of Inclusive Scholars
Salem State University
Community of Inclusive Scholars
352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970
Program Contact Chris Lenahan
Phone 978-542-6534

Community of Inclusive Scholars is a college-based transition program funded by MA Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative. Partnering districts include member districts of the North Shore Education Consortium and the SEEM Collaborative. CIS offers a fully inclusive college experience”to students 18 – 22 years old, who will either not receive a diploma, continue to remain MCAS eligible, or have passed MCAS but still qualify for special education services.

Students enrolled in this program:

• Are eligible to take non-credit and credit courses alongside their non-disabled peers
• Are fully matriculated students at Salem State University
• Develop self-determination and self-advocacy skills
• Continue developing academic, social, and functional skills
• Participate in career planning and on-campus internships.
• Participate in campus wide activities, clubs and organizations
• Participate in the Gassett Fitness Center

Evidence shows that students benefit academically and transition to young adulthood more readily when they have the opportunity to engage in all college-related activities (e.g., establishing new social networks, participating in campus-wide events, learning to use public transportation to and from campus, completing course assignments, obtaining employment) rather than staying at high school. Student participation in this grant program may be incorporated into a student’s transition program, as determined through the school district’s special education process. If you are interested in participating in the Community of Inclusive Scholar’s program, please contact your district’s special education office.

Program information submitted a year or more ago

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: Are still enrolled in high school
School district or agency partner: North Shore Educational Consortium or SEEM Collaborative
Contact person: School district Special Education Director
Deadline to apply to this program: rolling admissions
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
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:
  • Local School District funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time