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SUCCEED

SUCCEED
University of Missouri-St. Louis
SUCCEED
113 Lucas Hall
1 University Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63121
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Program Contact Jonathan Lidgus, Director
Email lidgusj@umsl.edu
Phone 314-516-5911
Website https://www.umsl.edu/succeed/

SUCCEED is a postsecondary education program for students ages 18-25 with intellectual and developmental disabilities  at the University of Missouri- St. Louis (UMSL) that provides inclusive opportunities in academic, social, residential, and vocational settings. Participants engage in ongoing person-centered planning, receive individualized supports and services for academic and social inclusion, and participate in academic, vocational, and social enrichment experiences that are foundational to gainful employment and independent living in the community upon graduation. Program outcomes focus on the acquisition of independent living skills, self-advocacy skills, self-determination, community engagement, and social skill development. Upon the successful completion of the program, students in the SUCCEED program are awarded a  Chancellor’s Certificate during UMSL’s spring Commencement. Following commencement, SUCCEED graduates either matriculate into a degree program or move into competitive employment. 

General
Public or private: Public
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: 30
Description of our summer transition program:

The SUCCEED Summer Enrichment Camp provides students ages 17 to 22 the SUCCEED college experience. Students will stay ovenright in Oak Hall, utilize a meal plan on campus, take various academic workshops, complete vocational training, and engage in recreational and traditional camp activities on campus. 

Requirements
Deadline to apply to this program: May 1
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-25
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: 61%
Retention rate: 83%
Cost
Cost of the program:

SUCCEED Program Fees: $10,500.00 (per academic year)
 

College of A&S Advising Fee: $10.00 (per semester)
 

In-State Tuition-Undergraduate: $335.50 
(per credit hour, SUCCEED students take at least 1-2 credit hours per semester)
 

Out of State Tuition-Undergraduate: $875.90 
(per credit hour, SUCCEED students take at least 1-2 credit hours per semester)
 

Residential Life and Housing fees for the 2016-2017 academic year:
Oak Hall: $3330.00/semester      $6,660/annual

 

Meal Plans:

Meal Plans Defined Semester Annual
     100 Block Meals - DBD $350/sem $1,686 $3,372
     150 Block Meals - DBD $250/sem $1,888 $3,776
     200 Block Meals - DBD $150/sem $1,940 $3,880
     All Declining Balance Dollars (DBD) $1,700 $3,400
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
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available:

http://www.umsl.edu/succeed/Funding%20and%20Payment%20Resources/index.html

 

Academic
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Study Skills

This course is designed to help students improve their learning effectiveness, attitudes, and motivation. This course will focus on time management, concentration, note taking skills, textbook study methods, test taking strategies, and critical thinking skills. Students will also have the opportunity to identify and explore best practices in learning strategies and academic motivators.

 

Introduction to Vocational Skills

The course is intended to assist students in better understanding, navigating, and enhancing vocational experiences – both during their time at UMSL and beyond graduation.  Throughout the course, instructor materials/guides/handouts/videos/presentations/modeling/roleplaying will provide a better understanding of vocational expectations, rigor, and social demands.  Students successfully completing the course should leave with a better understanding of workplace expectations and workplace culture, as well as how to successfully navigate employment environments.  Students should also leave more confident in their career interests and goals, as well as understanding how to obtain and retain employment more independently.  Course topics include, but are not limited to: career interest exploration, time management, soft skills, professionalism, accepting constructive criticism, self-advocacy, networking, resume/cover letter/letters of recommendation, interviewing skills, accessing public transportation, accessing employment services.

First Year Experience

This course, required of all new UMSL freshmen, is designed to assist students in making the transition to the university experience and to UMSL by giving students the knowledge and tools needed to succeed as a scholar. The course will also familiarize students with the relationship between their education and their career and personal goals, and will assist in developing positive connections with faculty, staff, and peers at UMSL. Students will learn about faculty expectations, support services, and student life, as well as academic disciplines

Healthy Relationships and Sexuality

Through this course, students will receive information and tools to help them understand a range of relationships, from friendships to dating to sexual partnerships which contributes to personal development. By having this information about appropriate social interactions, individuals will be able to participate more fully in the community in their personal and professional lives. Topics include components of healthy and unhealthy relationships, knowing and advocating for what you want in relationships, sexual health, safety, and abuse.

Introduction to Apartment Life

This course is designed to provide a knowledge base of specific skills for living independently.  This course will include lectures, power point presentations, and film clips.  During class time, students will participate in classroom discussions, cooperative learning experiences, role play, and the opportunity to give and receive positive feedback on projects.  Homework assignments will consist of worksheets that check for understanding of course information; independent reflective writing assignments; group projects; and independent projects.  This course will utilize multiple ways to complete homework projects and differentiated homework assignments. 

Social Interactions and Networking

This course is designed to provide a knowledge base of specific skills related to community participation ranging from locating community resources to understanding civil rights and responsibilities. Students will participate in classroom discussions, independent reflective assignments, and real experiences in order to be best prepared participating currently in the university’s community and in preparation for living independently.

Vocational Issues

The course is intended to assist students in better understanding, navigating, and enhancing vocational experiences – both during time at UMSL and beyond graduation.  Throughout the course, instructor materials/guides/handouts/videos/presentations/modeling/roleplaying all will provide a better understanding of vocational expectations, rigor, and social demands.  Students successfully completing the course should leave with a better understanding of workplace expectations and workplace culture, as well as how to successfully navigate employment environments.  Students should also leave more confident in their career interests and goals, as well as understanding how to obtain and retain employment more independently.  Course topics include, but are not limited to: career interest exploration, time management, soft skills, professionalism, accepting constructive criticism, self-advocacy, networking, resume/cover letter/letters of recommendation, interviewing skills, accessing public transportation, accessing employment services.  Students are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours a week in their vocational experience throughout the duration of the academic semester. The approved supervisor on related job skills and progress towards goals assesses students. Both students and supervisors are required to complete midterm and end of the semester evaluations.

Transition Issues and Planning

This course addresses evidence-based strategies for educators, human service professionals, and self-advocates on topics around the transition from high school to adulthood for students with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. Students enrolled in the course are obtaining Elementary/Special Education degrees/certificates or a SUCCEED Chancellor’s certificate at UMSL. Emphasis for all students is placed on understanding and planning for the transition from school to adult life for students with disabilities. In addition, planning that promotes student directed services and strength based individualization of the process is highlighted. Transition outcomes covered include post-secondary education, employment, residential options, and social emotional well-being. Topics include self-determination, self-advocacy, person centered planning, post-secondary education options, career education and planning, interagency collaboration, social supports, vocational and residential issues and resources, and family support and involvement. Course content will be focused on established evidence-based practices and current research in the topic areas.

Senior Seminar

Senior seminar is the SUCCEED capstone course and will provide in-depth information for students to prepare for their post-college life experiences with a focus on setting personal goals, identifying steps towards goals, understanding the responsibilities of living independently, the importance of relationships and how to build and maintain them, as well as employment, housing, financial stability,  and lifelong learning.

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: UMSL Chancellor's Certificate
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Continuing education credential
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 30%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 60%
Housing
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
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:

The SUCCEED residential and student life components are designed to support students to explore making decisions independently, expand social networks and areas of interest, and enhance independent living and social skills. Students in SUCCEED live in Oak Hall among approximately 400 degree-seeking students. Students have a private room in suites with three other students who may or may not also be in SUCCEED. Suitemates share a single bathroom, as well as responsibility for bathroom upkeep. Like all other students, SUCCEED students receive support from a Residential Advisor assigned to each floor. Our students also can reach out to a hall mentor for advice. Students in SUCCEED also have access to all UMSL Activities, Clubs and Organizations. Our Student Support Specialist collaborates with students to find and access events and organizations of interest.

Last updated: Monday, February 4, 2019 - 13:32