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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 Dr. Andrea Pewitt
Email adpewitt@lipscomb.edu
Phone 615-966-5098
Website http://www.lipscomb.edu/ideal

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.
 

Program information submitted: March 16, 2021

General
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: 21
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, who are interested in learning about college and exploring whether post-secondary education is right for them. For info, email ideal@lipscomb.edu. 
Summer program link: IDEAL Summer Academy
Requirements
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: January 15
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • TBI, OHI
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 21.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 80.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance: We had one student pass away over the summer before returning for the 2020-2021 year, and 1 student chose not to return. We had 47 applications for 10 spaces for our cohort.
Cost
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $16500.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $16500.00
Room and board: $12000.00
Program fees: $0.00
Additional costs:
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
Scholarships available: TSAA (State Grant), Step Up (State Grant), TN Promise (State Grant) We have had students receive Ruby's Rainbow and the Eagle Scout scholarship. Program specific scholarships are also available on a needs basis.
Academic
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: Students are able to take a variety of typical college courses with the permission of the instructor. These classes are taken for audit.
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? No
Information on special classes: Students take IDEAL specific courses related to Adult Living and Employment skills.
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate in Career Exploration Studies
Is the credential IHE-approved? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 20%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 80%
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 50%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: Students can participate in Social Clubs, student organizations, and intramural sports as desired.