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Cutting Edge

Cutting Edge
Edgewood College
Cutting Edge
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
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Program Contact Kaitlyn Aceto
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Phone 6086632332
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The Cutting Edge® Program at Edgewood College was piloted in 2007. It was the first program at a four-year college in Wisconsin to offer a fully inclusive college experience for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since its inception, the program has continued to grow and offers individualized wrap-around services to support students in academics, student housing, social experiences, and practicums/internships. We currently support 28 students per academic year. Our program has since expanded to include two additional programs: Pre-College and Alumni Program. As part of Edgewood College’s Dominican tradition, students learn the values of justice, compassion, truth, community, and partnership. Through these values, students are given the opportunity to experience civic engagement both on campus and in the Madison community.

Program information submitted: January 13, 2023

Public or private: Private
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: 28
Summer program name Cutting Edge Pre-College Summer Program
Description of our summer transition program: The Cutting Edge Pre-College Summer Program provides exposure to an overnight college experience. During the Pre- College Summer Program, students attend classes about safety in the community, health & well-being, employment, and college academic success. They will also have the opportunity to experience the Madison community. Up to 20 participants will be accepted.
Summer program link: Cutting Edge Pre-College Summer Program
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: November 30th
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 25.00%
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: $30000.00
Room and board: $11900.00
Additional costs: $0.00
If a student is degree seeking they would be paying the cost of tuition for Edgewood college($33,500) plus our support fee($9,500).
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available: Cutting Edge Scholarship for both certificate and degree seekers, plus Edgewood College Scholarships for Degree seekers
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: Our students have access to the whole course catalog and can take any class as long as it fits within their pathway and academic goals.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: There are a handful of Cutting Edge courses that our students are required to take in their first year.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 75-99%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Cutting Edge Customizable Certificate, Paraprofessional Certificate and 21st century skills for Employment Certificate
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students? Students can earn a bachelors degree
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)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
Additional information about career development and work experience: Along with on campus internships and off campus internships, students will be able to take an internship course concurrently.
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: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
  • Inclusive off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Campus events
  • Study abroad
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation