It’s a new year and we are excited! In order to clarify goals and priorities for 2020, we took a look back on our accomplishments in 2019. For a team of 15 people, we covered a lot of territory: we attended 18 conferences in 15 states (and Canada!) and delivered 59 presentations sharing information about inclusive postsecondary education to almost 3,900 conference session attendees. We provided targeted technical assistance and training to people in 20 states on topics such as: supporting colleges and universities to set up new programs, ideas for enhancing existing programs, applying to become an approved comprehensive transition and postsecondary (CTP) program, universal design for learning (UDL) strategies, information for families and students, transition to college, and more!
In addition to all the personal interactions, there were the visits, clicks, likes, and shares on the web. So much activity! Over 165,500 people visited www.thinkcollege.net and accessed the College Search page, the Resource Library, What’s Happening in Your State, and the Family Resources page. Combined, over 10,000 people are following us on Twitter and Facebook and saw the thousands of posts we shared throughout the year.
We also want to make sure that the research we do on outcomes and best practices is shared far and wide, so dissemination is a key activity for us. We use multiple methods such as online and print publications, peer-reviewed journal articles, and live webinars. In 2019, we created and disseminated 40 publications and hosted 13 webinars. Topics included need-to-know information about the use of Medicaid to support college attendance, supported-decision making, transition planning, vocational rehabilitation, sexuality and relationships, data from the federally funded TPSID projects, an updated How to Choose a College guide, and several stories about (and by!) students.
We were thrilled with the growth of affinity groups at Think College. There are now 8 groups that meet quarterly to discuss specific areas of interest within the larger context of inclusive higher education. The purpose of these groups is to provide a forum for people with similar interests to share ideas, problem-solve, and network. Our current groups include Research, Policy, Vocational Rehabilitation, Advocacy, UDL and Technology, College-based Transition Services, Student Credentials, and Statewide Alliances.
All of this is to say that we are proud of the work we do and are grateful for your engagement and support. In 2020, we will continue to do the work we’ve been doing and look forward to the interactions we will have with you. As always, if you have questions, contact us. If you have ideas for a publication or webinar, contact us. If you have a news story or upcoming events, contact us. We are in this together. #InclusiveHigherEd