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University Participant (UP) Program

University Participant (UP) Program
Western Carolina University
University Participant (UP) Program
1 University Drive
Killian 120
Cullowhee, NC 28723
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The WCU UP Program provides an inclusive, two-year, on-campus living and learning experience for college-aged persons with intellectual disabilities. 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 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: 8
Description of our summer transition program: We offer a spring orientation training and invite conditionally accepted applicants for the fall semester to come while WCU students are already on campus and get oriented to a typical college week.
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
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 70.00%
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 $17365.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $25425.00
Program fees: $5000.00
Cost of the program:
Additional costs:
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
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Scholarships available: Scholarships are available (but not a constant guarantee) through our generous donors that work with our WCU Office of Development and Advancement.
Academic
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access: UP students audit courses with their college peers in the same settings. We rely on the college faculty that teach all college students to also teach UP students in their combined courses as well.
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: There is only one class specific to our program to work on individual goals and that class time is taught by their same-age peers and mentors. Our UP staff do not teach courses to UP students and they are not pulled in separate classes.
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: All of the time
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
Employment
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
We offer the following specialized credentials: Due to COVID, we are unable to report our career and work experiences above for 2019-2020.
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
  • Inclusive off 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: They can join any of the social/extracurricular activities and organizations found for all WCU students at our organizational website called ENGAGE https://wcu.campuslabs.com/engage/