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EMPOWER

EMPOWER
University of Arkansas
EMPOWER
410 Arkansas Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
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Program Contact Ashley Bradley
Email arbradle@uark.edu
Phone 479-575-5214
Website http://empower.uark.edu
Facebook link to program Facebook page

EMPOWER offers a four-year, non-degree college experience program for students with intellectual and cognitive disabilities that incorporates functional academics, independent living, employment, social/leisure skills, and health/wellness skills in a public university setting with the goal of producing self-sufficient young adults. The University of Arkansas program is offered for students who demonstrate the ability to safely live independently, sustain employment, and socially integrate during their enrollment. The program progresses with an emphasis on workplace experience, community integration, and independent living with transitionally reduced supports. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of program completion.

Program information submitted: March 15, 2021

General
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: 14
Requirements
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: February 15
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-24
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 80.00%
Cost
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $8000.00
Room and board: $10000.00
Program fees: $5000.00
Cost of the program:
Additional costs:
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)
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Academic
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
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? No
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Employment
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Work Study
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%