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Cutting Edge
Edgewood College
Cutting Edge
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
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Program Contact Kaitlyn Aceto
Phone 608-663-2332
Website Program website
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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 25 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 2022 Cutting Edge Pre-College Summer Program      

Program information submitted: February 15, 2022

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: 25
Summer program name Pre-College Summer Program
Description of our summer transition program:

FOR WHO? This program 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. WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? The Cutting Edge Pre-college Summer Program provides exposure to a college class experience. During this program, students attend classes about safety in the community, health & wellbeing, employment, and college success. They will also have the opportunity to experience the Madison community. Each program session accepts up to 10 participants.

Summer program link: 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
  • 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 an annual Cutting Edge scholarship.

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
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Did ALL students in your program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course either for credit or audit? Yes
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
Students take STEM-related courses? 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 in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) 25-49%
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)
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
Do students earn STEM-related certificates? Yes
Students participate in these campus-wide events
  • IHE Student orientation
  • IHE Family orientation
  • IHE Graduation
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%
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
  • Specialized off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Study abroad
  • Fraternities/sororities