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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
Program Contact Misty Parsley
Phone 615-966-1000

IDEAL is a two-year academic program for young adults who have an intellectual disability (ID) and who would be unable to enroll in college as a traditional student. With support from the program staff, peer mentors, and campus partners, IDEAL students take classes, socialize with peers, and gain work experience in internships on campus and in the community. The ultimate goal of the IDEAL program is to prepare individuals with ID to work in a preferred job setting by strengthening independent social, communication, and vocational skills.

Public or private: Private
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
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.

Deadline to apply to this program: December 15
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-26
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 33%
Retention rate: 100%
Tuition amount: $15,900.00
Room and board: $13,000.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
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
  • State Student Assistance funds
Scholarships available:

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, communication, and social skills.

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:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 10%
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%
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
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, Intramurals, Other interest-based clubs, Athletic events, Special events on campus

Last updated: Friday, January 26, 2018 - 13:23