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The GOALS Program at CSU

The GOALS Program at CSU
Columbus State University
The GOALS Program at CSU
1127 Broadway
Frank Brown Hall, Teacher Education Department
Columbus, GA 31901
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Program Contact Dr. Greg Blalock
Program Contact Email
Phone 706-565-1412
Website Program website

The Guidance and Opportunities for Academic and Leadership Success (GOALS) Program at Columbus State University (CSU) is a two-year certificate program that provides an exciting and high quality university experience for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The GOALS Program at CSU represents an inclusive, university-based program built upon the four principles of personal advocacy, career development, health education, and civic engagement. Students complete 36 credit hours of inclusive coursework, along with work-related internships designed to support the academic, social, and career development of students. Typical applicants are those who received special education services for a developmental disability (i.e., intellectual disability) through most of their K-12 schooling. Using a person-centered planning process, GOALS provides students the opportunity to work toward their personal post-secondary goals as a foundation for active, lifelong career and community participation.

Program information submitted: March 22, 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: 4
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
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-25
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 100.00%
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: $2600.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $5000.00
Room and board: $3500.00
Program fees: $5000.00
Additional costs: $1,870.00
Meal plan: $2200 per semester
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)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available: Scholarships are available through 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 audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Pre-employment development course
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
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Career Exploration and Career Development certificates
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students? Associates Degree or Bachelors Degree
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: 25%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 25%
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 on campus
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