The Think College Inclusive Higher Education Network (Think College Network for short) is a national technical assistance and dissemination center, funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education in October, 2021. The Think College Network raises public awareness about IPSE opportunities, translates research to practice through training and support, and creates collaborative workgroups to address existing gaps in services. Our objective is to support improved access, engagement, and outcomes for students with ID in colleges and universities across the US.
The “Think Higher.Think College” public awareness campaign will educate, create impact, and build understanding of inclusive postsecondary education for students with intellectual disability (ID).
We want to highlight a wide range of stories and thoughts about students with intellectual disability going to college, or planning to go to college - how they started to “Think College”. These thoughts and stories can be shared by students (with and without disabilities), families, middle and high school educators and staff members, transition specialists, college staff/faculty and administrators, or anyone else that is impacted by or involved with inclusive postsecondary education.
You can create video interviews and ask prompting questions (see below) to draw out each person’s story on how they started to “Think College.” And/or you can submit a photograph and a quote that shares a person’s story about how they started to “Think College” or what it means to go to college.
Download the instructions and interview questions:
Download our interview questions and prompts (you’ll probably want to print them out if possible).
Identify one or more people you’d like to interview. It could be a student (with or without a disability), family member, middle or high school educator or staff, college staff/faculty and administrator, transition specialist, or anyone else that is impacted by or involved with inclusive postsecondary education.
Have each person complete and sign our release form. You can download the form, and either fill it out on your computer or you can print it, fill it out and make a digital copy (either scan or photo) to send to us.
Some campuses may have access to a videographer for interviews. But cell phone video can also work! For submitting a cell phone video, follow these filming tips.
Once you are done, submit your release forms, and your videos/photos/text files through our online form - that’s it!