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Atlanta, GA 30303
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Program Contact Spenser Norris
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Phone 404-413-1455
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The IDEAL program is an Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) program at Georgia State University with a focus on creative media; art, film, theater, and music. Our mission is to prepare students with intellectual disabilities with job skills and employment-readiness information while providing access to university education, resources, and support that leads to higher levels of self-determination, meaningful employment, greater independence and a higher quality of life.

Program information submitted: January 23, 2023

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: 20
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
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length:
  • 4 years
  • Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $2500.00
Program fees: $3000.00
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
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available: IDEAL has scholarships available through funding from the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: IDEAL students are supported to audit classes in arts and arts-related departments, including but not limited to: film and media, theater, acting, art, photography, and music.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Students are supported in small group classes related to social skills building, career and internship skills development, and maintaining healthy relationships.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 75-99%
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: Certificate of Career Readiness
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
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
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Work Study
Additional information about career development and work experience: Students have access to federal work study job opportunities, internships negotiated by the program, as well as volunteer opportunities provided by the university
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 100%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Graduation