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The Clark Inclusive Scholars Program

The Clark Inclusive Scholars Program
Bowling Green State University Firelands
The Clark Inclusive Scholars Program
One University Drive
Huron, OH 44839
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Program Contact Kyle Closen
Phone 419.372.0613

Funded by the Clark Family Foundation, the Clark Inclusive Scholars Program is an individualized post-secondary certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities. It is expected that upon completion of the program, students will either be prepared to enter the workforce or continue on for an associate degree. In the program, students will:typically complete the certificate program in four semesters, and spend an average of 20 hours or more on the Firelands campus attending classes, gaining work experience, receiving individualized instruction and support, and socializing with peers. Student have access to the same learning environments and student life activities as all other BGSU Firelands students. The program uses an individualized plan to guide the development of each student’s program of study, career development activities, and student life involvement. Learning experiences will focus on the development of academic, social, and career skills that lead to competitive employment, meaningful careers and community membership.

Program information submitted: March 3, 2021

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: 14
Summer program name Clark Summer Independent Living Experience
Description of our summer transition program: This is a new addition to the Clark Program. It will be a 2 week summer program on BGSU Main campus in the Dorms. 1. Our summer program is indented to address the independent living skills of our students. We want them to become as independent as possible. Students will be living in an on-campus dorm for two weeks. During those two weeks, our staff will be assessing their independent skill level to find out where their greatest needs are. Skills include laundry, hygiene, cooking, time management, socializing, financial literacy, etc. We will also be going out into the community and learning about all the things that are offered on a college campus and in the surrounding community. To address the need for travel training we will practice getting from various places in the community using a variety of transportation modes. For personal and information safety training, we will provide lessons on kitchen safety, basic first aid, and how to keep important information private. Qualified staff will administer a pre- and post-assessment of the students’ independent living skills. The assessment tool we will be using is the Life Skills Inventory, which includes categories of life skills with additional questions under each category of skills. The primary outcome for the program is to improve our students’ independent living skills. We intend that following this program, our students will either be better prepared to live independently or live more independently within their home by contributing more to household and other life skills. Additional outcomes will be that the students will feel more comfortable exploring their community and being included in community opportunities that their typical peers may be engaged in. Further, students will feel more comfortable navigating transportation in their community. Following the personal and information safety trainings, our students will be able to better protect themselves from potential hazardous situations.
Summer program link: Clark Summer Independent Living Experience
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? Yes, a regular high school diploma or GED is required
Deadline to apply to this program: May 1st each Spring
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
  • Down Syndrome, OHI, CP,
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 90.00%
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 $1000.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $1000.00
Program 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)
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
  • Donations to the Clark program
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: All of the classes offered to the students are inclusive and in the college catalog.
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 90%
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: Any club or sports offered at the school, my students can join. I have a student voted into Student Government.