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Cutting Edge

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 23 students per academic year. Due to the success of the program and overwhelming support, we have now expanded and are offering 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 

2020 Cutting Edge Pre-College Summer Program




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: 23
Description of our summer transition program:

This program is designed 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. The summer program takes up to 15 participants and is designed to provide exposure through a fully inclusive week-long college immersion experience on our campus, with Crew Leader's there at all times. Additional supports are provided through our instructors and Cutting Edge staff. During this week-long program, students attend sessions, eat meals on campus, explore the community, stay in Residence Halls, and build connections with peers, staff, and faculty.

Deadline to apply to this program: Apply 1 year prior to desired admission, application September 1st - November 30th (one year prior to entry)
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • At least 18 years old
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
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 17%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost of the program:

Tuition & housing rates are detemined by Edgewood College. An additional summary of annual rates is available so that students & families can anticipate costs when considering admission to the Cutting Edge program. Please note that degree-seeking students may qualify for financial aid & may be eleigible for scholarships. Non-degree seeking students may qualify for federal PELL grants & are eligible for our annual Cutting Edge scholarship.


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
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



Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Para-Professional Educator Certificate, 21st Century Employment Skills, Certificate of Completion, Bachelors Degree
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Open to all students at Institute of Higher Education
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 time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

<p>Students have access to all social/extracurricular activities and organizations.</p>

Last updated: Monday, October 26, 2020 - 12:58