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Helping Our Wolves Learn (H.O.W.L.)

Helping Our Wolves Learn (H.O.W.L.)
Arkansas State University
Helping Our Wolves Learn (H.O.W.L.)
330 University Loop
Jonesboro, AR 72401
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Program Contact Elizabeth Snow
Phone 870-972-2000
Website Program website
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This program is committed to providing positive learning environments for students with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism through engagement and inclusive practices. Students engage in experiences that enrich and enhance educational, social, and interpersonal skills to achieve their individual aspirations. The HOWL Transition Program provides the A-State experience to our students. The HOWL Transition program also provides supports to students in the following areas: mentoring, social skills, career planning, independent living skills, and tutoring.

Program information submitted: March 24, 2021

Public or private: Public
Type of school: AState is a 4-year university. The H.O.W.L. Transition Program is 2-year program.
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 5
Description of our summer transition program: Our program begins second summer term in July. During this time HOWL Students will live on campus HOWL students will take program specific courses designed to integrate them into campus life while introducing preliminary social skills into daily functional exercises.
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: 2nd Friday in December.
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26
  • Live without attendant, Independently and accurately manage and administer their own medications, be able to live on campus, must have an identifiable (e.g., IEP, psychoeducational report) intellectual disability and/or Autism.
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 63.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 0.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance: First cohort began in the 2020-21 academic year.
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $7155.00
Annual room and board: $12120.00
Annual program fees: $15000.00
Additional costs: $1,712.00
Tuition and fees listed above include only the HOWL Transition Program required courses. If a student elects to take other college classes then additional tuition and fees would apply. Other incidentals and books average to $900per year. It's also important to note, the average costs listed above is based on students attending Summer, Fall, and Spring.
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
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available: There are many privately funded scholarships available to any AState student who applies. For further information please contact our financial aid officer, Andrea Jones, at 870-972-2310.
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: Program students have access to any on campus courses that are available to all AState students. Program students may choose to take the course for credit or to audit. If they choose to take courses for credit then they are responsible for completing same coursework as any other student in the class. If a student chooses audit a course, the program coordinator works with the instructor to modify the required work to best meet the needs of the student. Regardless if a student audits or takes a course for credit, they receive support from program staff, mentors, and the Office of Access and Accommodations.
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: Students are required to a program specific each semester. Year 1: Summer II, Students take HOWL Seminar I. This course is designed to aid students in developing self-help skills required for independent living, effectively navigate campus and the surrounding community, and gain academic readiness skills pertaining to their success in the coursework of the program and AState. Fall Semester, Students take HOWL Life Skills I. This course is designed to aid students in developing and strengthening beginning and advance social skills, develop insight into skills needed for healthy relationships, and develop skills for managing feelings. Spring Semester, Students take HOWL Life Skills II. This course is designed to continue aiding the student in developing and strengthening skills for relationship health, develop skills on interpersonal problem solving, skills for dealing with personal stress, and skills for planning and problem solving. Year 2: Summer II, Students take HOWL Seminar II. This course is designed to aid students in developing job readiness and career skills, begin career exploration, and career planning. Fall and Spring Semesters, Students take HOWL Internship I & II. Students gain hands on experience in a career field of their choice. Students continue to develop and strengthen their career/professionalism skills, while building their resumes and portfolios.
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Students receives a certificate of completion
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Additional information about career development and work experience Our first cohort began in the 2020-21 academic year, data updates will be provided once available.
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
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes