U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of $10.9 million for 28 grants under two new federal programs that create opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to attend and be successful in higher education.
"President Obama has set a goal for America to have the highest percentage of college graduates in the world by 2020," Duncan said. "These new programs make an important contribution toward that goal by giving students with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to receive a quality postsecondary education with the supports they need to attend, complete and succeed in higher education."
Of the $10.9 million, $10.564 million is being awarded to 27 two- and four-year institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions under the model comprehensive Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID).
The Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts-Boston will receive a separate grant of $330,000 to fund a coordinating center to support these TPSID grantees as well as other programs around the country that are working to transition students with cognitive disabilities into higher education. The center will develop evaluation systems, standards and best practices around program components in academic, social, employment and independent living areas.
The 27 TPSID grantees, located in 23 states, will create or expand programs that focus on academics and instruction, social activities, employment experiences through work-based learning and internships, and independent living. Grantees will provide individualized supports for students and opportunities to be involved in college experiences with their peers without disabilities. Evaluating what works and does not work is a key component of each grant.
For example, Bergen Community College in New Jersey will use its $394,918 grant to serve 100 students with intellectual disabilities. Bergen Community College will work with Camden County College to provide job coaches who will shadow students at work sites, helping to reinforce job skills and assist with placement into employment. They will also provide peer mentors to support students in academic classes and ease integration of students into social events involving peers without disabilities.
All grants are expected to be funded for five years. Today's announcement is for 2010-2011 award amounts only.
Attached is a list of the 27 TPSID grantees, alphabetical by state, followed by the TPSID Coordinating Center grantee information.
|AK||Anchorage||University of Alaska-Anchorage||Karen Wardfirstname.lastname@example.org||$420,870|
|AZ||Tucson||University of Arizona||Stephanie Z. C. MacFarlandemail@example.com||$500,000|
|CA||Fresno||California State University-Fresno||Charles Arokiasamyfirstname.lastname@example.org||$500,000|
|CA||Los Angeles||University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)||Carlos O. Cortezemail@example.com||$122,397|
|CA||Taft||West Kern Community College District||Jeffrey G. Rossfirstname.lastname@example.org||$497,243|
|CO||Fort Collins||Colorado State University||Catherine L Schellyemail@example.com||$307,391|
|DE||Newark||University of Delaware||Laura T. Eisenmanfirstname.lastname@example.org||$426,650|
|FL||St. Petersburg||University of South Florida-St. Petersburg||Jordan T. Knabemail@example.com||$421,269|
|HI||Honolulu||University of Hawaii||Robert A. Stodden||808- firstname.lastname@example.org||$425,000|
|IN||Bloomington||Indiana University||David M. Mankemail@example.com||$493,120|
|IA||Iowa City||University of Iowa||Jo Hendricksonfirstname.lastname@example.org||$499,770|
|KY||Lexington||University of Kentucky||Beth Harrison||859-257-3586 email@example.com||$424,923|
|LA||Baton Rouge||Louisiana State University||K. Alisa Lowreyfirstname.lastname@example.org||$290,384|
|MN||Brainerd||Central Lakes College||Suresh Tiwariemail@example.com||$365,636|
|NY||Rochester||University of Rochester||Martha Mock||585-276-3363||mmock@Warner.Rochester.edu||$500,000|
|NJ||Paramus||Bergen Community College||Tracy Randfirstname.lastname@example.org||$394,918|
|NJ||Trenton||College of New Jersey||Rick Blumbergemail@example.com||$245,851|
|NC||Cullowhee||Western Carolina University||David L. Westlingfirstname.lastname@example.org||$500,000|
|ND||Minot||Minot State University||Janet Greenemail@example.com||$180,085|
|OH||Columbus||Ohio State University||Margo Vreeburg Izzofirstname.lastname@example.org||$499,060|
|OH||Kent||Kent State University||Robert Baeremail@example.com||$384,997|
|SC||Charleston||College of Charleston||Cynthia Mayfirstname.lastname@example.org||$418,140|
|TN||Knoxville||University of Tennessee||Elizabeth Fussellemail@example.com||$321,683|
|TX||Houston||Houston Community College||Sue Moraskafirstname.lastname@example.org||$499,434|
|VT||Burlington||University of Vermont and State Agricultural College||Susan Ryan||802- 656-1143||Susan.Ryan@uvm.edu||$309,270|
|VA||Richmond||Virginia Commonwealth University||Elizabeth E. Getzelemail@example.com||$398,149|
|WA||Des Moines||Highline Community College||Jennifer Sandler||206-878-3710 firstname.lastname@example.org||$217,762|
|MA||Boston||University of Massachusetts-Boston||Debra Hartemail@example.com||$330,000|