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Transition to Postsecondary Education (TPE)

Transition to Postsecondary Education (TPE)
University of Kansas
Transition to Postsecondary Education (TPE)
Joseph R. Pearson
1122 W Campus Rd Rm 521
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101
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Program Contact Nathalie Weissman
Program Contact Email
Phone 785-864-0686
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The University of Kansas, Transition to Postsecondary Education (KU TPE) is a fully-inclusive, two-year undergraduate certificate program for students with intellectual disability. Students complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of KU courses (all with peers without disabilities), student life activities, and career internships. Their coursework and certificate are recorded on their official KU transcript. Students an also participate in all student life activities and clubs on campus as well as live in KU Housing. Finally, we have a strong career development focus with students participating in paid and unpaid career internships.

Program information submitted: March 15, 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: 10
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
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: 80.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $5060.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $11800.00
Program fees: $1200.00
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)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
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: Transition to Post-Secondary Education Certificate
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at 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
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 30%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 90%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

Limited employment opportunities due to pandemic

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
  • Inclusive off 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
  • Study abroad
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation