Student Credentials Affinity Group

Welcome to the Think College Student Credentials Affinity Group!

The Student Credentials Affinity group brings together professionals, researchers, advocates, policymakers and educators interested in discussing the credential landscape in postsecondary education. This is an open-access special interest group targeted at individuals who want to contribute to the discussion of “meaningful credentials” for students with intellectual disabilities.

The purpose of the Affinity Group is to:

  • Facilitate dialogue on the credential landscape in inclusive higher education
  • Connect with others
  • Share tools and resources

Through a series of quarterly online meetings, this affinity group will consider the points of view of several key stakeholders:

  • Students with Intellectual Disability
  • Businesses / Employers
  • TPSID Programs
  • Institutes of Higher Education
     

Meeting Schedule

Meeting Links

Zoom link for all meetings

Rolling agenda and meeting notes

Upcoming Meeting Dates

October, 2022, date and time TBD
Topic: What’s in a Program of Study?
A typical program of study for any college student contains the courses (including internships) required and the number of electives needed to complete their degree. For students with intellectual disability (ID) attending college, they should also have required courses, internships, and electives, as well as any required co-curricular activities, such as attending weekly tutoring, mentoring or coaching sessions, and club or campus engagement activities, needed to complete their certificate requirements. Think College's Technical Assistance Coordinator, Kathy Becht, will discuss why these components are important and share a collection of Programs of Study and example documents.

Past Meetings

Meetings are listed in date order, with the meeting topic noted in bold at the top of each listing. 

Satisfactory Academic Progress
Date:
April 12, 2022
Summary: The group discussed the components of a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) plan, including important components for a CTP program SAP policy and how to balance those components. An example SAP was shared along with two advising/auditing sheets.

Resource Links
ASTEP SAP Policy Example
ASTEP Program of Study/Advising form
UCF SAP Student Advising Form


Colorado’s Portable IPSE Credential
Date:
February 8, 2022
Presenter: Dr. Christi Kasa, University of Colorado
Summary: Presentation on Colorado’s portable credential available at 3 of Colorado’s IPSE programs. The process and philosophy behind this portable credential and the program of study it represents is provided. The presenters also share how the students are able to take courses for credit through a transcript designation of ‘modified course.’ A sample transcript is shared.

Resource Links
Meeting recording and transcript - Feb 2022
Portable Credential Powerpoint
UCCS Sample Transcript


CAST e-Portfolio Tool
Date: December 14, 2021
Presenters: Sam Johnston and Cara Wojcik
Summary: Dr. Sam Johnston and Cara Wojcik from CAST shared an e-portfolio tool that CAST has developed, with, of course, a UDL framework. The tool allows educators to create "challenges" for students to complete, showing student learning in various competency areas. The tool is clean visually while still providing accessibility tools for students to ‘show their work" through speech to text, video, pictures, and text. Cara developed an example of how an IPSE program might use the efolio tool by uploading the Foundations Skills for College and Career Learning Plan and then creating individual folios for students to share with employers during or prior to a job interview.

Resource Links
Foundations Skills for College and Career Learning Plan


A Credential Approval Journey
Date:
September 8, 2021
Presenter: Dr. Kate Strater 2020 TPSID PI, Calvin University
Summary: Dr. Strater shares her journey through the University credential approval process. Kate’s work included not only starting a new inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) program for 20 students at Calvin, but the realignment of established processes to CTP guidelines. While every IPSE program is unique, Dr. Strater outlined the governance process in establishing a new credential. There are many take-aways and great discussion!

Resource Links
Meeting recording and transcript - September 2021


Credential Development
Date: June 8, 2021
Summary: Dr. Becht shared 2 of 6 Credential Development Guidance Briefs developed in 2020 by the Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education. At the time of product development programs of study examples were included from universities, state colleges, and career and technical colleges.

Resource Links
Florida Credential Guidance Brief Series


Restarting the Affinity Group
Date: April 15, 2021
Summary: This meeting focused on members’ backgrounds, interests, and needs for future meetings.


REACH Program
Date:
August 12, 2020
Presenters: Mary Hauff, Lauren Bruno, Jennifer Cremers
Crossover meeting with Vocational Rehabilitation, Public Policy, and Student Credentials Affinity Group
Summary: The joint meeting of the Think College Vocational Rehabilitation, Public Policy, and Student Credentials Affinity Group. At this session, we welcomed three guest speakers, Mary Hauff, advocate and parent from Minnesota, and Lauren Bruno and Jennifer Cremers, University of Iowa REACH program, will share an overview of the program’s use of WorkKeys as a tool to increase access to evidence-based credentials earned by students with ID.


Florida Vocational Rehabilitation Partnership Journey
Date: April 1, 2020 | Crossover meeting w/ Public Policy & Vocational Rehab Affinity Groups
Presenter: Kathy Becht
Summary: Kathy Becht shared an overview of the Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education (a Transition and Postsecondary Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities/TPSID) experience building a working partnership between FCIHE and the state Vocational Rehabilitation agency in Florida.

Resource Links
Tips and Takeaways from April 2020 Meeting


The Intersection of Public Policy, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Student Credentials Part 2
Date:
November 6, 2019 | Crossover meeting with the Public Policy & Vocational Rehabilitation Affinity Groups


The Intersection of Public Policy, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Student Credentials Part 1
Date:
August 7, 2019 | Crossover meeting with the Public Policy & Vocational Rehabilitation Affinity Groups

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