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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
Program Contact Email
Phone 419.372.0613
Website Program website

Funded by the Clark Family Foundation, the Clark Inclusive Scholars Program is an individualized post-secondary certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities and Developmental 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.
This is a new addition to the Clark Program. It will be a 1 or 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. 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.

Program information submitted: February 18, 2022

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: 18
Description of our summer transition program:
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? Yes, a regular high school diploma or GED is required
Deadline to apply to this program: June 1
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
  • OHI, MD, CP, Down Syndrome
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 80.00%
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
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive 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 required and elective classes are inclusive.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: The students take an Internship class for credit, where they receive career experience outside of the classroom.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 75-99%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
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
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 75%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Additional information about career development and work experience: Students have internships or work throughout the school year and in-between years 1 and 2.
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: No
Housing options available:
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
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 Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation