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EAGLES Program

EAGLES Program
Auburn University
EAGLES Program
282 Thach Concourse Suite 130
130 Foy Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
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Program Contact Dr. Jessica Milton, Assistant Director of Student Services
Program Contact Email
Phone 334-844-5941
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

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 interest. Students participating in the advanced option earn an Independent Living Certificate upon completion and industry-recognized credentials that align with their area of concentration. Areas of concentration that students choose from in the program include the following: Agricultural and Animal Sciences, Business and Administrative Support, Childhood Development, Hospitality and Tourism, Journalism and Media, and Health and Wellness. Students take University courses that align with their concentration, complete internships and work-based training at sites that align with the area of concentration, and also earn several industry-recognized credentials that align with their concentration.

Program information submitted: June 22, 2022

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: 20
Summer program name EAGLES Summer Bridge Program
Description of our summer transition program:

The EAGLES Summer Bridge Camp is for individuals with intellectual disabilities ages 14-26 years old, and consists of educational activities exploring health and wellness, employment, and independent living.

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: September 15, 2022
Criteria for admission
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length:
  • 2 years
  • 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 37.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 86.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance:

Acceptance rate is based on the number of submitted applications that were completed, included proper documentation requested, and at least two references on file. Of those who applied, 50% were offered an interview. Of the 50% who were offered an interview, 64% were accepted.

Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $30000.00
Room and board: $10000.00
Program fees: $500.00
Additional costs: $1,350.00

Meal Plan

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)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
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
More about course access:

Students in the EAGLES program took 16 inclusive courses during the 2021/2022 academic year that ranged from Public Speaking, Marketing Class, Human Development, and Family Studies to various Physical Education and Kinesiology courses. Courses align with students declared major, health and wellness goals, and/or transition skills.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

EAGLES Curriculum

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 25-49%
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: Basic Program Option: Employment Readiness, and Advanced Program Option with Identified Concentration
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?

CPR & First Aid Combination Certification, OSHA 10-Course, Dog Training Course, Lightroom Classic, Adobe Photoshop, Media Platform Training, Microsoft Trainings Word, Excel, PPT, Communication Foundations, Food Allergy Awareness Certificate, Food Handlers Card, ServSafe Food Handler (NRA),...

Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 75%
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: 100%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

EAGLES Students participate in the 5 stages of career development model to attain employment skills and meaningful employment.

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
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation