1155 Union Circle #311335
Denton, TX 76203-5017
UNT ELEVAR (Empower, Learn, Excel, enVision, Advance, Rise) is a four-year inclusive postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities (ID). Following the definition of the program’s name, ELEVAR [lift, soar, rise, in Spanish], the program’s vision is to empower young adults with ID who wish to continue postsecondary education (PSE) to become self-determined, independent, and healthy adults readied for integrated competitive employment. Most importantly, the UNT ELEVAR program welcomes young adults with I/DD to be part of the Mean Green family experience. UNT ELEVAR will seek the Comprehensive Transition Program accreditation from the U.S. Department of Education.
|Public or private:||Public|
|Type of school:||4-year college or university|
|Is this program a federally funded TPSID program?||Yes|
|Students in this program:||Have graduated or exited from high school|
|This program will be serving students in:||2021-2022|
|Description of our summer transition program:||
UNT ELEVAR's transition program is called the Transition Pathway program and is implemented in collaboration with local school districts. The Transition Pathway program is currently only serving students from partnership school districts (Irving ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Denton ISD, and Decatur ISD).
|School district or agency partner:||Decatur ISD, Denton ISD, Fort Worth ISD, & Irving ISD|
|Deadline to apply to this program:||February 1, 2021|
|Link to admissions process:||Admissions link|
|Requirements for admission to this program:||
|Accepts out-of-state students?:||Yes|
|Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:||
|Program length:||4 years|
|Cost of the program:||
We are currently working on setting the breakdown of tuition and fees for the UNT ELEVAR program. Our goal is for the cost to be similar to those for all other UNT students, which is about $26,000 total (In-State Tuition). This cost includes Room and Board fees at approximately $9,888 for the academic year and $4,500 for Student Services/Transportation Fees. The cost will include a specific program fee.
|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:||
|Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):||Typical college courses for audit|
|More about course access:||
The program is designed to give UNT ELEVAR students the opportunity to audit traditional UNT courses every semester in their desired area of specialization, driven by their person-centered planning. Natural supports through their peers and faculty along with classroom modifications/accommodations will be used, changing the college culture to one of inclusiveness where diversity is valued.
|Students take courses that are only for students in this program:||Yes|
|Information on special classes:||
The UNT ELEVAR program will provide two courses per semester (3 credit hours each) in the first two years, and one course per semester in their last two years, focused on skill building in employment and vocation, independent living, technology, social, health and well-being, financial literacy, and other academic skills.
All UNT ELEVAR courses will employ a culturally responsive framework (Gay, 2018) coupled with universal design for learning (UDL; Rose & Meyer, 2002) to situate teaching and learning across engagement, representation, action and expression on the students’ diverse experiences and backgrounds focuses on cultural awareness, values, and reciprocity.
|Time spent only with other students in this program:||Less than 25% of the time|
|Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program:||CTP Certificate of Completion|
|The credential(s) is/are:||Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education|
|Other career development activities are:||
|Housing is provided to students:||Yes|
|Housing options available:||
|Students participate in student organizations on campus:||Yes|
|Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program:||Less than 25%|