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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
Program Contact Email ideal@lipscomb.edu
Phone 615-966-5098
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

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: February 15, 2022

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: 20
Summer program name IDEAL Summer Academy
Description of our summer transition program: IDEAL Summer Academy is a week long residential experience for young adults considering applying to college. The program allows participants to live in the dorm, experience college life, participate in academic classes, hang out with peers, and more!
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 high school 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
Program length: 2 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: 7.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance: We accept between 10-12 student per cohort.
Cost
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $8188.00
Room and board: $8500.00
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
Academic
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: Students are able to register to audit any university course with Professor approval.
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 in Career Exploration Studies
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
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
Employment
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: 80%
Additional information about career development and work experience: Students participate in an internship every semester of the program.
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
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