October 2020: News from the National Coordinating Center
We are thrilled to announce that we will continue to serve as the National Coordinating Center for Inclusive Higher Education for 2020 -2025, as we were awarded funding from the US Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education. We will continue our work developing, supporting, and improving college options for students with intellectual disability. 

Here are some of the key activities the National Coordinating Center will be working on over the next five years:

  1. Collecting, analyzing and reporting on data from the 22 new TPSID grantees from around the country
  2. Offering on-demand, responsive support through our online Help Desk, staffed by experts in the field of inclusive higher education.
  3. Developing a process to accredit inclusive higher education programs for students with ID using recently finalized  Program Accreditation Standards
  4. Providing targeted training and technical assistance to individuals and programs throughout the US.
  5. Developing training resources for college programs such as on-demand videos and webinars on critical topics.
  6. Introducing new channels for engagement and dissemination such as a Think College blog, and Facebook Live events.
  7. Continuing to support families by maintaining the Families Think College Facebook page (open to family members & caregivers only) and reaching out to intentionally feature diverse stories from families and students in our publications, social media, and on our website.
  8. Producing a range of publications such as our research to practice series InsightFast Facts sharing key data points, and Student Stories that highlight accomplishments of college students with intellectual disabilities.
  9. Working closely with our newly formed Project Advisory Committee as well as our grant partners to guide development and broad dissemination of our resources. 
  10. Facilitating discussion and communication among college program staff on key topics through on-going Affinity Groups.

Our team is honored and grateful to continue our work with the TPSID programs and with all of our inclusive higher education partners throughout the country.
The National Coordinating Center is a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB). UMB recently distributed this article, including a statement from the UMass Boston Chancellor, Marcelo Suárez-Orozco,
“ICI and Think College are examples of the multiple ways in which our university expands and provides access to higher education to all who desire it."
What's going on in Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disability around the US...
There are also new TPSID grantees to announce: for 2020-2025, 22 Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSIDs) grants were awarded. We look forward to working closely with this group of brand new as well as previously funded grantees over the next 5 years:

University of Alabama, University of South Alabama, Northern Arizona University, California State University-Fresno, Taft College, University of California Davis, University of Hawaii, University of Illinois at Chicago, Calvin College, University of Missouri St. Louis, Minot State University, University of New Hampshire, Georgian Court University, Millersville University, St. Joseph’s University, University of South Carolina, East Tennessee University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, University of North Texas, Utah Valley University, and Washington State University.

Congratulations to all the new grantees!
ACCESS at Mississippi State University is introducing online courses starting in January. Non-MSU students are welcome to register for courses on practical financial habits or career exploration. Visit the website to learn more and register today!
Bear POWER (Promoting Opportunities for Work, Education and Resilience) at Missouri State University will be holding a Fall Open House on November 7. Register for the open house today, and learn more about this two-year, five-semester inclusive college program for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Also, the following programs are accepting applications now:

Applications are currently being accepted for Aggies Elevated at Utah State University; they must be postmarked by November 3. Find out about all aspects of Aggies Elevated by visiting the program website.

SEU Link at Southeastern University in Florida, a small Christian university, is one of the few faith-based universities to offer an inclusive higher education program-- and they’re now accepting applications! Find out more here.

If your college is hosting an open house, accepting applications, or has other admissions or new student-type news, please contact Rebecca Lazo with the details!
The 2020 Annual Conference will be held virtually, December 7-9. This year’s theme is Achieving Equity: Leading the Way in the Next Decade. Find out more about the conference, what is planned, and how to attend.
The Accessing Higher Ground conference on Accessible Media, Web and Technology will be held virtually this year, November 9-19. The complete schedule, registration, and more can be found on the conference website.

Do you have news or an update to share?
It could appear in the next newsletter. Please get in touch!

Rebecca Lazo
Knowledge Translation Associate
Think College National
Coordinating Center
Institute for Community Inclusion