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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 West
RM 110
Jonesboro, AR 72401
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Program Contact Elizabeth Snow
Program Contact Email
Phone 870-972-2000
Website Program website
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The HOWL Transition Program is a 2-year program. 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: May 20, 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: 7
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: First Friday in December
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26
  • The student is not under guardianship
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 83.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 60.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $8000.00
Room and board: $9955.00
Program fees: $15000.00
Additional costs: $1,712.00

Incidentals and books are roughly $200 per semester.

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
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

We are able to accept scholarships from outside out program.

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
More about course access:

In addition to HOWL courses our students take typical college courses either for credit or audit (depending on their needs.) Our curriculum requires students to take the following typical college course: Oral Communication Personal Asset Management Micro Computing Applications Concepts of Fitness Safety and First Aid Along with electives. Example of electives our students have chosen to take include the following: Photography Introduction into Service Learning (Leadership) Archery Motor Skills Development (Education) Yoga SWIFT Coding Media Production

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

You students take HOWL program classes which focus on developing career skills (independent living/life skills, financial literacy skills, health relationship skills, self-defense, etc. The sequence for our HOWL program courses is as follows: Year 1 Summer II- HOWL Seminar I Fall- HOWL Life Skills I Spring- HOWL Life Skills I Year 2 Summer II- HOWL Seminar II Fall- HOWL Internship I Spring-HOWL Internship II

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 50-74%
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: HOWL Transition Program Certificate of Completion
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students?

Please contact program for an up-to-date list of certiciates

Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
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: 0%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

Our students take program courses which aid them in developing related soft skills. Each student then will participate in 2 semester long internships to develop hard skills in the career field of their choice.

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
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 50-74%
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 Graduation