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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. 

News from the NCC

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Way back in 2017, the NCC created affinity groups as a place for people with common interests to gather to discuss, share, and collaborate on key issues and topics related to inclusive postsecondary education. We kicked off with 3 groups and this month we added our ninth (Inclusive Campus Life) and gave another (Technology & UDL) a bit of a makeover. ...Read more
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The US Department of Education awarded 22 new Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disability (TPSID) in October 2020. Six of those grants went to universities that would use the funds to establish new programs.  ...Read more
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For the past few years, we have included student interviews in the National Coordinating Center monthly newsletter. These interviews spotlight students with intellectual disabilities currently enrolled in college or who recently graduated.  ...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.

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

NCC is funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Grant # P407B200001. It is a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at University of Massachusetts Boston.