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EXCEL Partnership Program

EXCEL Partnership Program
Bridgewater State University
EXCEL Partnership Program
131 Summer Street
Bridgewater, MA 02325
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Program Contact Mary Price
Phone 508-531-2917

The MA Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI) at Bridgewater State University is a fully-inclusive college-based transition program for young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities.  Students in the program share the same experiences as their college-aged peers in the areas of academics, socialization, career development, and independent living.  With supports in place, our ICEI students enroll in courses, take part in campus internships, and socialize with peers, the ICEI program also has a residence life component and it going into it's third year. This effort at Bridgewater State University has been tremendously successful; students have become more independent and actively engaged in creating and living their lives.  Our program honors their dignity and worth, and fosters self-determination.

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: Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 30
School district or agency partner: Attleboro, Norton, Bridgewater-Raynham, Weymouth, Carver, Marshfield, Brockton, Hanover, Easton, Pembroke, Silver Lake Regional, Freetown-Lakeville Regional, Pilgrim Area Collaborative, Duxbury, Hingham, Somerset-Berkley
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18 - 22
  • Student must be enrolled in a particular school system/local educational agency
  • Students must qualify to receive special education services Students must be enrolled in a partnering school district Students must have a documented intellectual/developmental disability
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 86%
Retention rate: 95%
Cost of the program:

 The fee for the 2018-2019 academic year is $7,000.

Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Local School District funds
  • 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:

BSU ICEI students attend monthly career workshops which focus on developing employment skills. Workshop topics include: resume building, emailing skills, dressing for success, and interviewing skills.  Students openly discuss employment scenarios while exploring strategies and solutions; these collaborative opportunities enable our ICEI students to independently develop their own career goals. 

Time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 38%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 47%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Students leave the BSU ICEI program with a career portfolio which includes their resumes, cover letters, professional contact sheets, and letters of reference. 

Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
  • BSU is entering the third year of its grant funded residence life program that is funded by the MA Board of Higher Education. For the 2018 – 2019 academic year eight students have been accepted to live on campus while continuing to receive supports from their partnering district. These students enroll in courses, take part in internships, and are fully immersed in BSU college life. BSU will continue to open the ICEI Residence Life applications to more candidates as the program continues to grow.

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:

BSU ICEI students enjoy everything Bridgewater has to offer by getting involved in campus clubs, activities, events, and organizations.  By attending BSU clubs and events, ICEI students make new friends, foster their social and communication skills, and become more independent.  Our ICEI students truly become part of the BSU college community.  

Last updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 13:33