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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

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.

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: 8
Deadline to apply to this program: Admission for fall 2021: applications open in July and due by end of September 2020
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-26 (must be 24 upon admission)
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 36%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost of the program:

$5,484 (Alabama Resident, as of Fall Semester 2018), $14,820 (Non-Alabama Resident, as of Fall Semester 2018). Room and Board: $5000 plus $90 for early move-in (required) Program-specific fees (if applicable): $15,000 per semester Other costs: $995, as of Spring Semester 2020 for a Required Auburn University Dining 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
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

Ruby's Rainbow The EAGLES Foundation

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 will participate in academic courses for credit or audit, as appropriate. Students will be provided accommodations and natural supports, as well as modifications and peer mentoring, as needed, and in accordance with their individualized learning agreement developed with their instructors. They will also participate in a work-based training practicum each semester until their final semester in the program, during which they are engaged in an employment residency.

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

EAGLES program courses help build students’ understanding of disability and advocacy, as well as improve their daily living, interpersonal, and employment skills. Students are enrolled in at least two program-specific courses per semester.

Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Disability Advocacy Certificate, College to Career Recognition, College to Independent Living Recoginition
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Continuing education credential
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
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
  • Inclusive off campus
  • Housing options available: Basic program: inclusive on-campus, Advanced program: off-campus housing

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:

The students are involved in organizations such as: All for Inclusion, AU Singers, Best Buddies, United Sound, Project IMPACT, the Big Event and are engaged in extracurricular campus and community activities such as attending sporting events, bowling, and going to dinner, etc.

Last updated: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 17:06