Practice Brief: Assessing Impact of Inclusive Postsecondary Education Using the Think College Standards
Increasingly across the United States, institutions of higher education (IHE) are offering a wide array of postsecondary educational (PSE) opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities (ID). As more students with ID aspire to college, it is incumbent upon IHEs to engage in rigorous program evaluation to assess student outcomes and identify factors that foster student success. The Think College (TC) Standards, Quality Indicators, and Benchmarks provide a unifying conceptual framework that helps to focus research and program evaluation efforts. In this article we describe use of the TC Standards to evaluate an inclusive PSE program for students with ID at a large, urban university. We report preliminary outcome data and discuss how Standards-based evaluation can both guide local program improvement and contribute to the evidence base of best practices in the field. Using this accumulated knowledge, students and families will be able to make more informed educational choices.
Lynch, K. B., & Getzel, E. E. (2013). Practice Brief: Assessing Impact of Inclusive Postsecondary Education Using the Think College Standards. Journal Of Postsecondary Education And Disability, 26(4), 385-393.