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The GOALS Program at CSU

The GOALS Program at CSU
Columbus State University
The GOALS Program at CSU
4225 University Ave
Teacher Education Department
Columbus, GA 31907
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Program Contact Dr. Greg Blalock
Phone 706-565-1412

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 a year or more ago

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
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 3
Deadline to apply to this program: April (yearly)
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Central processing disorder
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $5300.00
Room and board: $9454.00
Program fees: $6000.00
Additional costs: $1,870.00

Estimated cost of books for the year.

Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Pending (we have applied to become a CTP but have not yet been approved)
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available:

Partial scholarship funding through community organizations and/or private foundation support. These vary from year to year and are typically accessed directly by the student or family.

Students take these types of "typical" 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
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Information on special classes:

Students tyically take one program-specific course per semester related to:

  • self-advocacy
  • financial management
  • health management
  • career and job skill development
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
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 on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students within the GOALS Program at CSU engage in a range of social/extracurricular activities and clubs with the support of peer mentors. Students are required to be an active member of at least one student organization each semester. Examples of student organizations that have had GOALS students as active members include The Collegiate 100, Best Buddies at CSU, The Early Childhood Organization, and the Council for Exceptional Children. Students are also encouraged to engage in at least one weekend social activity each week with peer mentor support. These weekend activities include attendance or participation in a wide range of events throughout the local area including:

  • city music events
  • theater events
  • sporting events
  • movie theaters
  • mall shopping
  • bowling
  • lazer tag
  • arcade games
  • picnics
  • fundraisers