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UMatter

UMatter
University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus
UMatter
140 7th Ave. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Program Contact Danie Roberts-Dahm
Email LRoberts@usf.edu
Phone (727) 873-4654
Website http://www.usf.edu/umatter

UMatter is an innovative inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) program for students with intellectual disability (ID) located at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) campus. UMatter students will increase their skills in the five program components (academic access and enrichment, career development and employment, campus and community engagement, self-determination, and independent living) based on their individualized goals and tailored program of study. Students will complete their program of study by earning a certificate of completion and accomplishment from the UMatter program and a Career Readiness Badge from USF based upon their individualized career goals and program of study. The Career Readiness Badge addresses eight essential skills employers look for when hiring interns or new employees (career management, communications, critical thinking, global citizenship, leadership, professionalism, teamwork, and technology). Students who successfully complete the program will obtain competitive employment aligned with their selected program of study. Students in UMatter express a strong desire to continue their education in an inclusive postsecondary setting, explore careers and engage in work-based learning opportunities, and live independently. Students in UMatter will physically attend the university and audit college courses, join and participate in campus and community clubs, organizations and activities, engage in internships, apply for jobs, obtain competitive employment, and become responsible members of their community. Students may have the option to live on campus at USFSP which is a unique opportunity in that less than half of the inclusive postsecondary programs in Florida feature an on-campus residential component, complete with support from residential coaches.

Program information submitted: February 25, 2021

General
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: 0
This program will be serving students in: 2021-2022
Description of our summer transition program:
Requirements
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling, please check website
Criteria for admission
  • The student is not under guardianship
  • Complete Admissions Criteria available on website (https://www.usf.edu/education/umatter/program-application.aspx)
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 3 years
Cost
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $3300.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $8800.00
Room and board: $16000.00
Cost of the program:
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available: Student Scholarships are Available: Students admitted to UMatter will have access to $7,000 in scholarships through the Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities (FCSUA) per year. This can assist with tuition, student fees, etc. Students will be responsible for costs beyond the $7,000. The scholarship is not competitive and is automatically available to an accepted and enrolled student in UMatter (an approved FPCTP). Additional Scholarships Opportunities: Please note – These are not automatically awarded. Students must apply to each of the scholarships in addition to the application to UMatter. This information is provided for informational purposes only. • Ruby’s Rainbow https://rubysrainbow.org/apply-now/ • O’Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund https://www.ndss.org/engage/ndss-scholarships/oneill-tabani-enrichment-f...
Academic
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: Each semester students will engage in five program components: 1. Career Development and Employment: The career development and employment component is addressed through the support of students to engage in the Career Readiness Badging Program and earn the Career Readiness Badge. UMatter program support includes monthly check-ins on status/progress towards the units and assistance with development and maintaining individual career portfolio. In addition, students will participate in internships each semester and will develop and update their resume to reflect their internships, service projects, and related coursework, among other career-focused updates. Workshops and individualized career development-related coaching will be provided to students as they prepare for internships, job fairs, job shadowing and job interviews. 2. Academic Access and Enrichment: The academic access and enrichment component is addressed through students auditing two USFSP courses per semester as well as attending weekly meetings with academic mentors and engaging with the student success office for tutoring services, when applicable, to reinforce the course content. In addition, UMatter will provide supplemental academic support to engage in online-based reading and math functional curriculum based on students’ needs and goals. Throughout each semester, students will also work on specific individualized online curricula as part of UMatter. 3. Campus and Community Engagement: Campus and community engagement is addressed by encouraging students to engage in campus and/or community clubs, organizations, and service-learning/volunteerism opportunities. Students will be required to actively engage with at least one club/organization based on their unique interests per semester and peer/social mentors may support in this area. As students approach the completion of their program of study, UMatter personnel will assist students in setting goals and becoming acclimated to the community in which they will transition, so they feel supported in the next phase of their life. 4. Independent Living: Independent living will be individualized based on the STAR Person-Centered Planning (PCP) goals set by the student and routine progress monitoring meetings with program personnel. In addition, independent living skills will be addressed through topical workshops developed by the UMatter program based on students’ goals and needs, which offer small group opportunities to learn and talk about different topics. In addition, for students living on campus, independent living goals and skills will be reviewed through weekly meetings with Residential Coaches. 5. Self-Determination: Self-determination is a key feature embedded throughout the program as demonstrated by how the PCP guides each students’ program of study. Many aspects of self-determination are critical to the program. For example, students are supported in setting goals and tracking progress towards their goals through routine progress monitoring meetings. Since the program is totally inclusive, students are engaged in making their own choices, self-advocating for their preferences and needs as well as daily problem-solving. In addition, the program may also provide supplemental instruction and support in developing and practicing self-determination skills as well as assisting students in exploring their preferences and awareness of levels of self-determination.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program:
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 and accomplishment from the UMatter program; Career Readiness Badge from the USF Career Services; additional industry certifications will be forthcoming
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Employment
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
We offer the following specialized credentials: The career development and employment component is addressed through the support of students to engage in the Career Readiness Badging Program and earn the Career Readiness Badge. UMatter program support includes monthly check-ins on status/progress towards the units and assistance with development and maintaining individual career portfolio. In addition, students will participate in internships each semester and will develop and update their resume to reflect their internships, service projects, and related coursework, among other career-focused updates. Workshops and individualized career development-related coaching will be provided to students as they prepare for internships, job fairs, job shadowing and job interviews.
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: Campus and community engagement is addressed by encouraging students to engage in campus and/or community clubs, organizations, and service-learning/volunteerism opportunities. Students will be required to actively engage with at least one club/organization based on their unique interests per semester and peer/social mentors may support in this area. As students approach the completion of their program of study, UMatter personnel will assist students in setting goals and becoming acclimated to the community in which they will transition, so they feel supported in the next phase of their life.