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University Participant (UP) Program
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
University Participant (UP) Program
1 University Drive
Killian 120
Cullowhee, NC 28723
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Program Contact Dr. Kelly R. Kelley
Email kkelley@email.wcu.edu
Phone 828.227.3297
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

The WCU UP Program provides an inclusive, two-year, on-campus living and learning experience for college-aged persons with intellectual disability. The goal of the program is to facilitate UP students' transition from secondary school to adult life with education, employment and independent living.
UP students live in on-campus dormitories distributed throughout university residence halls under the same university policies that apply to all WCU students. On-campus life is fully integrated and inclusive. There are no separate facilities, settings or classes for UP students.
WCU undergraduate students are recruited to provide paid and unpaid support to facilitate UP Students living on campus, attending classes, engaging in social and recreational activities, becoming involved in student organizations and developing friendships.

Program information submitted: February 15, 2022

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: 10
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: December 1
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
  • Cerebral Palsy and other physical disabilities
Program length 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 35.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 100.00%
Cost
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $4456.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $4183.00
Room and board: $7194.00
Program fees: $5000.00
Additional costs: $5,000.00
Meal plan is around $2,200 per semester for Unlimited Basic
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
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Scholarships available: Scholarships vary but are available periodically from potential donors.
Academic
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: Students audit 2-4 courses each semester with their peers. Advising is also conducted with college advisors and program staff based on future career and personal interest based on the WCU college course catalog.
Did ALL students in your program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course either for credit or audit? Yes
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
Students take STEM-related courses? Yes
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) 100%
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)
Briefly describe remote learning at your program We use some hybrid models when necessary for all WCU students, but students seem to prefer and we encourage more in-person course options.
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: UP Certificate of Accomplishment
Is the credential IHE-approved? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students? DegreePlus (leadership, cultural responsiveness, teamwork, and professionalism)
Do students earn STEM-related certificates? No
Students participate in these campus-wide events
  • IHE Student orientation
  • IHE Family orientation
  • IHE Graduation
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
Additional information about career development and work experience Students work on our off campus at least 10 hours each week in paid work experiences. Some use work study or also do community service projects for additional experience.
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
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Study abroad
  • Fraternities/sororities