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Cutting Edge
Edgewood College
Cutting Edge
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
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Phone 608-663-6869

THE CUTTING EDGE™ PROGRAM at Edgewood College was piloted in 2007, making us the first four-year college in Wisconsin to offer a fully inclusive college experience for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since then, 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 24 students per academic year. Due to the success of the program and overwhelming support, our program also offers two additional programs: the Pre-College and the 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.
Every Fall and Spring semester the Cutting Edge Program holds an Open House 
2021 Cutting Edge Pre-College Summer Program

Program information submitted: February 26, 2021

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: 24
Summer program name Cutting Edge Pre-College Summer Program
Description of our summer transition program: FOR WHO? This webinar series is for high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are 16 to 21 years old and have a desire to go to college in the future. Participants should feel confidents in utilizing web conferencing technology or have someone available to assist them during the sessions. GOING TO COLLEGE: WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? This 4-day evening pre-college webinar series provides exposure to a college class experience. During this series, students attend interactive WebEx sessions about safety in the community, health & wellbeing, employment, and college success. This series accepts up to 20 participants (10 each session).
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 H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: September 1st - November 30th (one year prior to entry)
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18 years old and up
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy, Medically Fragile, Visual Impairments, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Hearing Impairments, Physical Disabilities
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 17.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 100.00%
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
Scholarships available: Students can apply for annual Cutting Edge scholarships.
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access: Students have access to all of the courses in the college timetable.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Information on special classes: First-Year students: ED 90 Skills for Success (3 cr), ED 091 Safety in the Community (2 cr), and ED 092 Interpersonal Relationships (2 cr). After completion of the first year, students continue to take ED 90 Skills for Success or ED 112 College Success
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Cutting Edge Customizable Certificate, Paraprofessional Educator Certificate, 21st Century Skills for Employment Certificate, Certificate of Completion, Bachelor's Degree
Is the credential IHE-approved? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 95%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 85%
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
  • Inclusive off campus
  • Specialized off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 75%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: Students have access to all social/extracurricular activities and organizations.