College-based Transition Services Affinity Group

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Maria Paiewonsky.

Maria Paiewonsky, Ed.D.
Program Manager/Transition Specialist for Think College

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Mary Hauff
Parent Advocate, Co-Leader of the Minnesota Inclusive Higher Education Consortium

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Ashley Luce
Program Coordinator, Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI)


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Welcome to the Think College ‘College-based Transition Services’ Affinity Group.

The purpose of this affinity group is to support members whose work involves supporting transition-aged students with intellectual or developmental disabilities who are or who would like to include college in their transition services. The group will be guided by members’ priority topics which will be determined through a survey and group check-ins at the online meetings.

Through this affinity group, we anticipate that members will:

  • Have a professional community where they can share successes but also get help addressing challenges related to college-based transition services (CBTS).
  • Review administrative as well as training and technical assistance materials that are available and often customized for CBTS.
  • Establish professional connections with others who are expanding this model of transition services.

Meeting Schedule

Meeting Links

Zoom link for all meetings

Upcoming Meeting Dates

October 13, 2022, 2-3pm ET

  • Topic: Funding discussions (MOAs with VR, using pre-ETS, examples of schools using IDEA funds, etc)

December 8, 2022, 2-3pm ET

  • Topic: The ramp from college-based transition to continuing attending college after transition

February 9, 2023, 2-3pm ET

  • Topic: Panel of three program coordinators who lead CBTS services

April 13, 2023, 2-3pm ET

  • Ongoing challenges related to COVID-19 and strategies to overcome (e.g., academic learning disruptions, social-emotional well being, splintered related services)

June 8, 2023, 2-3pm ET


Funding for CBTS
Date: June 9, 2022
Summary: The group held an informal discussion of the challenges and successes they have had to financially support college-based transition services. This included some success using memorandums of understanding between college and school partners, and between college partners and VR. Members also shared challenges that present when working with stakeholders related to scope of work and value of IPSE. Recommendations include, raising program awareness, connecting with VR agencies early, and collaborating with school district transition coordinators to support students who wish to pursue higher education.

Student Selection and Preparation for College
Date: April 14, 2022
Summary: This meeting focused on student recruitment and onboarding strategies as they relate to college-based transition services. The group reviewed a recruitment study from Texas that specifically looked at what efforts public institutes of higher education in Texas are making to recruit students with ID.

Panel of School Partners Involved in College-Based Transition Services
Date: February 10, 2022
Summary: This meeting focused on the perspectives of three transition specialists in MA who have been school partners with local colleges to provide college-based transition services to students with ID. Panelists shared what they have experienced as positives of this model of services, as well as some ongoing issues they address.

Additional past meeting dates 

  • December 9, 2021
  • October 14, 2021
  • April 11, 2021
  • February 11, 2021
  • November 12, 2020
  • Wednesday, June 24, 2020
  • April 29, 2020
  • February 26, 2020
  • December 18, 2019
  • September 26, 2019