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EAGLES Program

EAGLES Program
Auburn University
EAGLES Program
215 South Donahue Drive
The Dawson Building
Auburn University, AL 36849
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Program Contact Dr. Betty S. Patten, Director
Phone 334-844-8426
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EAGLES (Education to Accomplish Growth in Life Experiences for Success) is a two or four-year comprehensive transition program for students with intellectual disabilities. The EAGLES program includes Auburn University credit-bearing courses, as well as program-specific courses focused on improving students’ independent living and employment outcomes. Students participating in EAGLES are integrated into university life and academic courses. The EAGLES program includes coursework, work-based training, social skills development and independent living experiences. The goal of this program’s academic and applied experiences is to prepare students for gainful employment and to live independently upon successful completion of the program. Students participating for 2 years live on campus and will earn a Career Readiness Certificate. The program also offers an additional 2 years which is invitation only and determined through an annual review of current students. The "Advanced-option" or additional two years provides students access to off-campus apartments. They will also have the opportunity to identify a "concentration" and their AU courses will align with their area of interests. Students participating in the advanced option earn an Independent Living Certificate upon completion.

Program information submitted: March 2, 2021

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: 21
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: Applications for fall 2022 are open and due by September 12, 2021.
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26
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 41.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 80.00%
Room and board: $5000.00
Program fees: $15000.00
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
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

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:

Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: About 75% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Career Readiness and/or Independent Living Certificate
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: 80%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
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
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%