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Compass

Compass
Duquesne University
Compass
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Program Contact Dr. Alia Pustorino-Clevenger
Program Contact Email pustorinoa@duq.edu
Phone 412-396-6696
Website Program website

Compass is a fully inclusive post-secondary collegian program currently in pilot phase.

Compass is a four year certificate program for students who are enthusiastic about the opportunity to pursue curricular, vocational, and social opportunities at college as a means in which to develop independence and future careers. Students benefit from participating in a program situated in an urban environment to promote social inclusion and greater internship and career opportunities as well as the robust social offerings of the Pittsburgh community.

Program information submitted: June 8, 2022

General
Public or private: Private
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 3
Description of our summer transition program:
Requirements
Program serves students who have left high school? No, all of our students are still in high school
Deadline to apply to this program: April 1
Criteria for admission
  • Compass will only accept Pennsylvania students while in pilot phase.
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Cost
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $17000.00
Room and board: $12000.00
Additional costs:
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:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
Academic
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: Compass students participate in traditional academic courses offered through the university course catalogue for all undergraduate students.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 100%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
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
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Additional information about career development and work experience: Internships are part of the Compass program curriculum.
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing
Housing options available:
Extracurricular
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
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation