1 University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204
IDEAL is a life-changing program created by Lipscomb University’s College of Education in 2014. Our program offers a rich and meaningful college experience for young adults (ages 18-26) with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have completed high school. After completion of the two-year program, students will graduate with a Certificate of Career Exploration.
We equip our students with the skills and self-confidence they need to achieve higher levels of independence and to obtain better employment opportunities.
|Public or private:||Private|
|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|
|Description of our summer transition program:||
IDEAL Summer Academy is a week-long residential experience for students with intellectual disabilities who are rising seniors in high school to age 24, who are interested in learning about college and exploring whether post-secondary education is right for them. For info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Deadline to apply to this program:||January 15|
|Link to admissions process:||Admissions link|
|Requirements for admission to this program:||
|Accepts out-of-state students?:||Yes|
|Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:||
|Program length:||2 years|
|Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates|
|Percent of students applying who are admitted:||20%|
|Room and board:||$15,000.00|
|Program specific fees:||$0.00|
Varies per student but could include books, meal plan, student fee
|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:||
IDEAL maintains a needs-based scholarship fund. Scholarships are based on current availability.
|Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):||Typical college courses for audit|
|Students take courses that are only for students in this program:||Yes|
|Information on special classes:||
Students enroll in 6 hours per semester of IDEAL classes that focus on employment, technology, independent living, communication, and social skills but are individualized based on each student's goals.
|Time spent only with other students in this program:||Less than 25% of the time|
|Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program:||Certificate of Career Exploration Studies|
|The credential(s) is/are:||
|Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program:||50%|
|Other career development activities are:||
|Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program:||89%|
|Housing is provided to students:||Yes|
|Housing options available:||
|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:||
Greek Life, Intramural sports, Other interest-based clubs, Athletic events, Special events on campus