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Integrated Professional Studies
Widener University
Integrated Professional Studies
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013
Program Contact Julie Heydeman
Email jheydeman@widener.edu
Phone 610-499-1102

Widener University is in its second year of its Inclusive Postsecondary Education Initiative. Students with intellectual disabilities enroll in academic courses, participate in clubs on campus, and gain career experience through internships. Students enroll in two to three 100-level courses with their non-disabled peers each semester. Some of these courses have a service learning component which provides the class the opportunity to be of service to individuals and local agencies. They are also enrolled in a Freshman Seminar course where the career development component of the program begins with resume building and presentations by Career Services. Students have access to all the resources on campus and are additionally matched with undergraduate peer mentors to support them socially and academically.

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: 3
Description of our summer transition program: Students currently attend Freshman orientation events alongside their same age peers.
Requirements
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling admissions
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-26
Accepts out-of-state students: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 2 years
Cost
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
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 have access to any 100 and 200 level undergraduate course.

Classroom/academic 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 Completion
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Housing
Housing is provided to students: No
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students have participated in service learning opportunities in the city of Chester including, the Salvation Army and Chester Senior Center. They attend club meetings with peer mentors and attend sporting events.

Last updated: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 13:42