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CSUN Explorers

CSUN Explorers
California State University Northridge
CSUN Explorers
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8265
Program Contact Beth Lasky
Email beth.lasky@csun.edu
Phone 818-677-2725
Website https://www.csun.edu/eisner-education/csun-explorers

CSUN Explorers is a 2-year program for individuals between the ages of 18-30 who are identified with intellectual/developmental disabilities, who do not have a high school diploma. Explorers enroll at CSUN through Open University. Explorers take two (2) classes each semester with CSUN undergraduate students and participate in clubs, and other activities on campus. During the second year of the program, Explorers are involved in internships on campus or in the community, in addition to taking classes. Peer Mentors are identified in each academic course and club. Academic Coaches are also provided.

General
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
Number of students: 6
Requirements
Deadline to apply to this program: rolling admissions
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-28
  • Student must be a resident of the state where the program is located
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 38%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost
Tuition amount: $4,500.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
Additional costs: $0.00
additional costs for membership in some clubs and student recreation center
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)
  • We are currently working to establish funding support for students from DOR and DDS
Academic
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access:

All Explorers will take the Freshman Seminar with traditional students. They also will enroll in other courses based on their career goals and interests.

Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate name currently being finalized
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

yes
We are giving our first Program Completion Certificates in May.

Housing
Housing is provided to students: No
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Each Explorer joins at least one campus club. The also participate in other activities on campus, like New Student Orientation, Tuesday Farmers Market, and concerts and lectures.

Last updated: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 11:17