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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

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The Think College National Coordinating Center has completed the Report on Model Accreditation Standards for Higher Education Programs for Students with Intellectual Disability: Progress on the Path to Education, Employment, and Community Living, and submitted it to the US Department of Education and relevant Congressional committees. ...Read more
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We are delighted to announce that Dr. Kathleen Becht is joining the National Coordinating Center team to coordinate all of its technical assistance and training activities.  Technical assistance is a cornerstone activity of the Think College National Coordinating Center, which has provided thousands of hours of direct technical assistance to date to TPSID model demonstration programs, other college programs for students with intellectual disability,  ...Read more
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We are happy to announce Inside Think College, the new blog from the Think College team. In this blog, we will have the opportunity to share personal perspectives on inclusive higher education from our staff and allies, ...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.