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IDEAL - Igniting the Dream of Education and Access at Lipscomb

IDEAL - Igniting the Dream of Education and Access at Lipscomb
Lipscomb University
IDEAL - Igniting the Dream of Education and Access at Lipscomb
1 University Park Drive
Lipscomb University
Nashville, TN 37204
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Program Contact Halle King
Program Contact Email
Phone 615-966-5098
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

The IDEAL program at Lipscomb is an inclusive postsecondary program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities between the ages of 18-26. The focus of our program is on employment and independent living skills with the goal of paid, meaningful employment when students graduate. Our program of study includes audited university classes, internships, IDEAL classes focused on employment and independent living skills, and peer mentoring. Our students also have the option to live in the dorms on campus. Students graduate after 2 years with a certificate of Career Exploration Studies. Graduating students will have the option to apply for the IDEAL Advanced Program, which is an additional 3rd and 4th year. The Advanced program focuses on further application of skills learned in the first 2 years of the program.

Program information submitted: January 18, 2023

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: 18
Summer program name IDEAL Summer Academy
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 and are interested in learning about college and exploring whether post-secondary education is right for them.
Summer program link: IDEAL Summer Academy
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: December 1, 2023
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
Program length:
  • 2 years
  • 3 years
  • 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 29.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 77.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $16866.00
Room and board: $12000.00
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)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive 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: IDEAL students take program specific courses each semester (2 per semester). These courses focus on Adult Living and Employment Skills.
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: Certificate of Career Exploration Studies
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career 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: 15%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 86%
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): 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 Family orientation