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The Think College National Coordinating Center provides coordination, technical assistance, training, and evaluation for Transition and Postsecondary Education Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID). The NCC also provides on-demand technical assistance, training resources, and support to all college programs for students with ID, families and students. We develop and disseminate resources aimed at increasing knowledge of the evidence-based practices needed to develop, implement, and evaluate high-quality higher education opportunities for students with intellectual disability. Think College NCC is funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education. 

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News from the NCC

Accreditation Workgroup Updates
[Project: National Coordinating Center] The National Coordinating Centers' Accreditation Workgroup continues to work towards the creation of a program accreditation process and the establishment of an accrediting agency.  Read this update to learn what they are up to and what is planned for 2023. ...Read more
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We are excited to gather in person for this energizing annual event that brings together all kinds of people from around the country to share information on inclusive higher education.  ...Read more
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[Project: National Coordinating Center] Join us November 10 for a webinar about supporting students to set and work toward meaningful college and career goals.  ...Read more


Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disability, or TPSID, are model demonstration projects funded by the US Department of Education.  The NCC collects and analyzes data on program design and student experiences from each TPSID program in order to increase knowledge about the impact and outcomes of postsecondary education for students with intellectual disability.  
Learn more about the TPSID grantees.
Read our new fact sheet about the TPSIDs.

The interactive map below shows the location of TPSID grantees and associated sites. Some grantees work statewide to develop multiple college programs, while others develop one program at their own institution. Since 2010, there have been 123 IHE involved as a TPSID grantee or program site.  These have been funded in three rounds of funding: 2010-2015, 2015- 2020, and 2020 - 2025. 

NCC Partners

  • AHEAD logoAssociation On Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD):  AHEAD is a member organization for disability resource professionals, student affairs personnel, ADA coordinators, diversity officers and others who are invested in creating welcoming higher education experiences for disabled individuals. AHEAD assists the NCC with arrangments for its annual TPSID Project Director Meeting and is conducting a survey of disability support professionals regarding their experiences with and attitudes toward college programs for students with ID.
  • AUCD logoAssociation of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD): The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a membership organization that supports a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs.  AUCD supports the National Coordinating Center by tracking state and federal legislation related to postsecondary education for students with ID and coordinates activities related to the development of leadership and advocacy skills in students with disabilities. 

Funding Information

The National Coordinating Center is funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Grant # P407B200001. It is a project of Think College at the Institute for Community Inclusion at University of Massachusetts Boston.