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CrossingPoints Tier 1 Program

CrossingPoints Tier 1 Program
The University of Alabama
CrossingPoints Tier 1 Program
Box 870232
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Program Contact Dr. Amy Williamson
Program Contact Email
Phone 205-348-3180
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

CrossingPoints Tier 1 is a collaboration between The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa City Schools, and Tuscaloosa County School System. Tier 1 serves students with significant disabilities ages 18-21 years who are still receiving IDEA services. Tier 1 follows the Tuscaloosa City Schools and Tuscaloosa County school systems' Academic year calendar. Students follow the transition curriculum entitled “Life Center Career Education” involving Daily Living skills, Personal Social Skills, Occupational Guidance and Preparation.

Program information submitted: March 17, 2022

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 20
School district or agency partner: Tuscaloosa City Schools and Tuscaloosa County School System
Program serves students who have left high school? No, all of our students are still in high school
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-21
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length:
  • 3 years
  • Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 50.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $0.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $0.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? We are not a CTP, and have no plans to become one.
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Local School District funds
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Students do not take typical college courses
More about course access:

Students have an opportunity to informally explore university courses in their final year of the program, but do not receive credit for the courses explored.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Students in the program take specialized courses in various areas such as, personal relationships, financial management, decision making, etc. These courses are taught by program faculty/staff, as well as other UA faculty at times.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 1-24%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: CrossingPoints Certificate of Completion
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
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 5%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 60%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

All students who attend CrossingPoints Tier 1 program have a 9 hour per week inclusive internship every semester.

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: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 25-49%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities Campus events