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PACE at National Louis University

PACE at National Louis University
National Louis University
PACE at National Louis University
122 S. Michigan Avenue
Suite 6047
Chicago, IL 60603
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Program Contact Elizabeth Potter
Program Contact Email
Phone 312.261.3245
Website Program website
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P.A.C.E. at NLU is a three-year post-secondary program that is designed to meet the transitional needs of young adults (aged 18-28) with multiple intellectual, learning, and developmental disabilities. Our curriculum is designed to provide a scaffolded approach toward independence. Whether residential or commuter, It begins with self-advocacy and safety. We integrate employment preparation, independent living skills coaching, functional academic courses, and social development into a curriculum that prepares students for independent living through experiential learning.

Program information submitted: May 25, 2022

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: 29
Summer program name Summer College Experience
Description of our summer transition program: P.A.C.E. at National Louis University's Summer College Experience Program is designed for all students interested in getting a taste of college life! Utlizing the four components of our program, students discover what skills are needed to thrive independently. Instruction is based on the observation that students learn best when actively involved in the process and when teaching is directly linked to events and activities encountered in daily living. The curriculum for the week will include: Functional Academics Employment Independent Living Life Skills Socialization
Summer program link: Summer College Experience
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: June 1st
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-28
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 3 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 70.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $26400.00
Room and board: $16600.00
Program fees: $3200.00
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)
  • Scholarships
  • Local School District funds
  • Grant Funding
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Students do not take typical college courses
More about course access: Students begin college internships within their 1st term. The option to begin taking college-level courses is available.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: They take functional academic courses designed to support, expand their experiences at work, social and emotional learning and life skills
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 0%
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 completion
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
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
Additional information about career development and work experience: Employment preparation is a critical element of curriculum. It begins with an internship within the 1st three weeks of classes. With a job coach, students explore and experience various work environments and discovering what the areas in which they excel.
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 1-24%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events: College/University's Graduation