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University of Northern Colorado
501 20th St
C. B. 141
Greeley, CO 80639
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Program Contact Richard Hanks
Phone 970 351-1164

UNC GOAL is a pilot project at the University of Northern Colorado providing students with intellectual/developmental disabilities a supportive college experience. UNC supports students in an environment that helps them grow personally and professionally by attending classes and living with their peers in campus residence halls. Our program provides academic enrichment to support the student’s career and independence goals. Students enrolling in UNC GOAL will audit at least two, three credit academic courses each semester. Additionally, they will take a UNC GOAL course to build skills in academic, social, independent living, and career domains.
We offer opportunities to socialize and participate in recreation opportunities to enhance independent living. We also focus on building self-determination and self-advocacy skills through student directed person-centered planning. All students seek on-campus integrated work experiences as well as off-campus internships while at UNC. Student live in the residence halls with their peers as roommates and supported, as needed, by a Residence Life Mentor. Students are encouraged to participate in clubs, organizations and other social activities alongside their classmates. Upon completion of the UNC GOAL students will participate in graduation ceremonies and receive a “Credential of Completion.”

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
Deadline to apply to this program: January 31st
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18+
  • Student must be their own legal guardian
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 70%
Cost of the program: No details provided.
Additional costs: $0.00
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)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
Scholarships available:

The Bresnahan-Halstead (through the UNC Foundation) provides a $14,000 scholarship each year to an incoming freshman; this is renewable each of the 4 years.

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Students audit two (at least) academic courses based on their desired outcomes (obtained through Person-Centered Planning). They are able to take the courses for typical college credit or for modified credit, whereby the course content may be modified according to student needs and the student earns GOAL credit.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

One GOAL course is taken for credit each semester.

Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Credential of Completion
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Work Study
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: More than 75%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students have been on campus for one month - they are currently participating in Climbing Club, Running Club, Focus, Zumba, Mash-up Zumba, Best Buddies, Ride and Relax

Last updated: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 14:34