Arcadia UniversityCTP Application 1Arcadia UniversityApplication for Title IV Approval of a Comprehensive Transition and PostsecondaryProgram1.a. Delivery of Services to StudentsThe Raising Expectations for Academic Learning or REAL Certificate at ArcadiaUniversity is a four-semester post-secondary initiative for young adults with intellectualdisabilities who are interested in participating in an academic, vocational and socialuniversity experience. The Certificate serves individuals with intellectual disabilities whoare currently (or were formerly) eligible for a free appropriate public education under theIndividuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and have completed a high schoolprogram.The REAL Certificate offers students with intellectual disabilities the opportunity toparticipate in the same learning environments available to same-age peers in an academic-,vocational- and social inclusion-focused program. This two-year program includes auditinga minimum of one (1) undergraduate course per semester and completion of a specifiednumber of vocational and other social experiences on and off-campus. An individual planfor college participation is developed for each student.1.b. Supports for students to continue academic, career and technical, andindependent living instructionThe Certificate embraces the principles of access and equity to all opportunities insociety, and promotes the advancement of academic knowledge, social skills and careeroptions for individuals with intellectual disabilities. This Certificate provides learningopportunities in three main areas: academic participation, career development andemployment, and social membership. Each of these areas will also help with the acquisitionof specific independent living skills, in preparation for a post-school transition into a morework-focused environment. This certificate does not offer higher education creditstowards a college degree.This certificate is for interested and motivated students who (34.CRF.668.231;components (a).1 – (a).3; component (6)):Are between the ages of 18 and 25.Have been identified as having an intellectual disability and were eligible for FAPEunder IDEA.Are in their final years of high school (up to 3 years) or who have completedsecondary education.
Arcadia UniversityCTP Application 2Are not able to access college by meeting typical entrance criteria, but are interestedin continuing to develop skills needed to transition into an adult independent and avocationally satisfactory life.Are able to learn to navigate the college environment with necessary supports andto be unsupervised for a minimum of one hour.1.c. Advising and Curriculum StructureCollege Classes and Person-Centered PlanningREAL Certificate students begin their college experience and each semester by engagingin person-centered-planning with the program coordinator and the student’s guests (e.g.,family members and/or close friends). This advising process will help identify interests,strengths, and goals for each student, as well as the supports and accommodationsnecessary for success in the academic, social, and vocational components of the program.Students will then register to audit courses on campus, for which they will receive creditwithin the REAL Certificate towards graduation. Students will be expected to audit oneclass per semester, unless it is determined by the team that they can also successfullycomplete a second class within one semester.Career Exploration and Vocational skillsAll students in the Certificate will engage in vocational experiences each of the foursemesters. This component includes a combination of professional development (e.g.,resume preparation, job searches, mock interviews), work-study positions, and othervocational training opportunities on campus. The REAL Certificate will work towardsmatching students with meaningful paid employment through opportunities both on andoff campus, whenever possible.As the goals of each student in the program will be individually determined, it ischallenging to identify specific occupations that this program will prepare students for. It ispossible that we may support students who are preparing for the following categories ofoccupations:43-9000 Other Office and Administrative Support Workers35-9000 Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers41-2000 Retail Sales Workers53-7064 Packers and Packagers, Hand1.d. Participation in Academic ComponentsWhen auditing courses, students will participate in the full course curriculum withtypical peers, but will be responsible for learning a portion of that curriculum, withassignments modified to meet his/her individual needs. Faculty members will receiveinformation from and will be supported by the Certificate Coordinator to developassignments that are individualized for each student. At the beginning of each semester the
Arcadia UniversityCTP Application 3coordinator will articulate and present a plan for the assignments and other requirementsthat the student is expected to complete for the course. The student will review andacknowledge agreement with the expectations for participation in the course. Students willbe supported by the coordinator and the peer network in the form of pre-teaching sessionswhere concepts and activities will be introduced and discussed before class, which willallow students to participate with their peers without disabilities. They will take exams,write papers, and complete projects as appropriate for their individualized level and theywill receive feedback based on the goal(s) stated in their plans for each class they choose.Students will be expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress as they proceedthrough the program.Life Skills (embedded in other components)Participation in academic, vocational and social components will emphasize theimprovement in the necessary skills to live and work independently upon graduation,including community living, safety, nutrition, hygiene, and personal skills. Whilecompleting the person-centered process to determine individual goals for each REALCertificate student, emphasis will be placed to ensure that students, staff and peers areaware of their needs in relation to the improvement of life skills. Each semester students,family members and peers will complete a report to evaluate the individual’s performancein this area and to determine objectives for the following semester.1.e. Opportunities for Social and Academic IntegrationThe REAL Certificate places great value in the social opportunities with same-age peers,which define a typical university experience and encourage the development ofappropriate social skills. Because social growth and development are key goals for studentswith intellectual disabilities, a plan for social integration will be developed in the personcentered planning process. Students will have access to all clubs and activities on campus,and through the person-centered planning process they will select organizations andactivities that align with their interests and goals. Specific social goals (e.g., playing anintramural sport, watching a soccer game, etc.) will be included in the person-centeredplanning process, and will be reviewed each semester to determine if the student issuccessful in meeting those goals. Students also will play a significant role in determiningthe level of social support they will have and in connecting with the peer mentors whoprovide that support. Success in the social area will be measured by direct observation,self-report from students and by feedback from peers. Key outcomes for the socialcomponent of the program will include discovery of personal and social interests, theability to access and enjoy social organizations, clubs, and activities, and the developmentof friendships.Different mechanisms will be in place to support students as full participants in thevarious social organizations, sporting events, and social experiences available on the
Arcadia UniversityCTP Application 4Arcadia University campus. The social supports will be as inclusive as possible. Animportant component of this initiative is the utilization of a peer mentor system to assist allstudents in their transition to and participation on campus. All peer mentors will receivetraining through peer facilitation training. Mentors will serve to introduce students to allthat the campus offers, from clubs and intramurals to service projects and campus events(e.g., basketball games, movies, dining, etc.) with students.An announcement to recruit peer mentors and a short presentation in classes is givento Education students in the Spring semester (Appendix 4). An announcement is also sentto all undergraduate students and given out at the clubs and activities fair at the beginningof the Fall semester. Arcadia University is a welcoming campus with a strong commitmentto social justice and inclusion of individuals with disabilities. Our education faculty arerecognized for their work in inclusive education (e.g., Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Dr.Christina Ager, Dr. Kim Dean, Dr. Clare Papay) and the values of including students withdisabilities are instilling in our undergraduate students from their very first educationsemester. The vast majority of our education students is working towards a dualcertification that includes special education, and has experiences working with studentswith disabilities throughout their programs. We have a thriving Education Club and ourundergraduate students eagerly volunteer for any opportunity to interact with studentswith disabilities. Our faculty recognizes that including students with disabilities on ourcampus aligns with our commitment to social justice and diversity.2. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) PolicyPursuant to Title IV (federal) regulations, the following constitutes Arcadia's policy onsatisfactory academic progress for students in the REAL Certificate.Measurement of academic progressStudents accepted in the REAL Certificate will begin an individualized planning processto determine their personal goals, interests and needs (34.CRF.668.231; component (a).4).This planning process will help the students and their advising and support teams todetermine the courses they would like to audit and the work experiences to which theywould like to have access in each of the four semesters at Arcadia University. In order forstudents to be able to participate in these experiences successfully, they will need todemonstrate basic reading, writing and communication skills, as well as the ability to safelystay unsupervised situations on campus for no less than one hour.Given the nature of this Certificate and that students will not earn an academic degree,they will not receive traditional grades for their participation in Certificate activities. Twicea year, at the end of each semester, the REAL Certificate Coordinator will review thestudent’s accomplishments based on Performance Evaluation Checklists and will indicatein the student’s records if the student ‘passed’ or ‘failed’ the experience. Expected passingperformance will be demonstrated by ratings of ‘average,’ ‘above average’ or ‘superior’ in
Arcadia UniversityCTP Application 5academic (Appendix 1) and vocational (Appendix 2) experiences. Social experiences will berated as ‘satisfactory’ or ‘needs improvement’ (Appendix 3). Each student is expected tocomplete his/her planned experiences in all three areas in order to maintain his/her placein the certificate. The expectations for each semester will be reviewed with each studenteach semester. The student will acknowledge understanding of the expectations for thesemester by signing a semester participation plan.Academic participation: The courses which students in the certificate will be able toaudit (i.e., will attend and participate, but will not receive college credit) will be regular 3or 4-credit college options offered to undergraduate students (34.CRF.668.231; component(5).ii). Students will audit a minimum of one course per semester and, in specialcircumstances, two courses will be allowed. In each course, students will be expected to (1)satisfy the attendance policies set forth by the course instructors and (2) demonstratereasonable progress towards course goals, as described in the student’s individualizedsemester plan.Vocational participation: In addition, students will be expected to participate in workexperiences on or off campus, under the guidance of the REAL Certificate personnel(34.CRF.668.231; component (5).iv). In each work experience the students will be expectedto (1) satisfy the attendance policies set forth by the employer and (2) demonstratereasonable progress towards employment goals, as described in the student’sindividualized semester plan.Social participation: Students will participate in university-based social activities withother undergraduate students, such as eating lunch, joining peers in recreation areas, orattending sporting events. Activities will be less structured than academic or vocationalassignments, but peer mentors will be aware of the certificate goals regarding socialinteractions. On a regular basis, the REAL Certificate coordinator will observe or interviewstudents to assess participation in this area. Social experiences will be rated as‘satisfactory,’ based on a pre-determined checklist.To be eligible for continued receipt of Title IV financial aid, students must satisfactorilycomplete at least 80% of the expectations included in their individual participation plan, asmeasured on an academic year basis (i.e., the student must have earned an average of 80%of the measured goals set forth in the individual participation plan in the Fall and Springsemesters of each year).Determination of satisfactory academic progress will be made at least once a year andbefore the Financial Aid Office disburses any Title IV (federal) funds for the subsequentsemester or year. Title IV (federal) funds include: Federal Direct Stafford, PLUS andGradPLUS Loans, Perkins Loans, Pell Grants, SEOG, TEACH Grants and Federal Work Study.A list of students who have not met the satisfactory academic progress criteria during theacademic year will be provided to the Office of Financial Aid each May. For those studentswho are receiving Title IV aid, the Executive Director of Federal Aid Programs and Financial
Arcadia UniversityCTP Application 6Aid Systems will send out a notification of their right to appeal. If the student choses toappeal, he/she will be granted one term of probation if the appeal is approved.Maximum Time Frame for Certificate CompletionThe Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Federal Student Aid requires that thestudent must complete the Program within 150% of the normal time frame for programcompletion.It is expected that students will complete the Certificate in consecutive full-timesemesters (Year 1: Spring and Fall; and Year 2: Spring and Fall), unless s/he can providedocumentation of extenuating circumstances that require the student to temporarilywithdraw from the University (e.g., illness or death of a family member that directlyaffected the students ability to participate in the program). If the student withdraws, thetuition costs will be pro-rated for that semester and the student will be allowed to registerin the next full semester, when open placements become available.Students will only be eligible for Title IV funds for three (3) years from the semesterwhen accepted into in the Certificate.When minimum standards of progress are not achievedProbation and/or dismissal: Students who do not meet course and work expectations asdescribed in their individual plans will be placed on academic probation for one semester,where s/he will be expected to improve her/his performance. Students in this situation willbe strongly encouraged to communicate or discuss any actions or disciplinary notices withtheir parents and staff as early as possible, and their individual programs will be reviewedby the team to encourage improvements in the following semester. If the expectations arenot met for a second time, the student will be dismissed from the program.In addition to satisfactory academic progress, students must abide by the Honor Code,Student Code of Conduct, Alcohol Policy and Drug Policy delineated in the StudentHandbook. Furthermore, all students will be afforded the same rights and due processmechanisms (e.g., grade appeals, grievance procedures) that are given to traditionalstudents.Academic progress appeal processIf a student considers that there were extenuating circumstances which preventedhim/her from making satisfactory academic progress (i.e., the death of a relative, a seriouspersonal illness/injury, or other extenuating circumstance), and can demonstrate that theillness/injury or extenuating circumstance had a direct impact on his/her academic,vocational, and social performance, he/she will be notified accordingly and may submit theFinancial Aid Academic Progress Appeal Form, available atwww.arcadia.edu/finaidforms2013 to the Executive Director of Federal Aid Programs.Information submitted by way of an Academic Progress Appeal will remain confidential. If
Arcadia UniversityCTP Application 7the Financial Aid Academic Progress Appeals Committee determines that there weremitigating circumstances that had a direct bearing on the student’s academic performance,then the student can receive Title IV (Federal financial aid) during a probationary periodfor one semester. If a student fails to meet both standards of academic progress for Title IVaid purposes at the end of the probationary period (semester), then the student becomesineligible for Title IV aid until he/she meets the appropriate progress standard(s).ReinstatementStudents dismissed for unsatisfactory academic progress for the first time are notpermitted to request reinstatement until the following academic year. Requests forreinstatement must be made in writing to the Directors of the REAL Certificate. The studentwill be interviewed and considered with all other applicants for the following academicyear.Students who maintain satisfactory academic progressIt is noted that Satisfactory Academic Progress will not automatically guarantee astudent’s approval of Title IV assistance, as certain requirements for Title IV eligibilityremain applicable and this new statute does not change those requirements. When theprogram receives Federal approval as a comprehensive transition and postsecondaryprogram, all literature and web-based material regarding the program will detail theeligibility requirements for Federal financial assistance under the Federal Pell Grant,FSEOG, and FWS programs. Furthermore, all material will reference 34 C.F.R. § 668.233regarding financial assistance.3. Credit and Clock Hours for Certificate ActivitiesTo earn a Certificate of Completion from the REAL Certificate, students will spend anaverage of 20 hours per week on campus. This time will be spent attending classes, gainingwork experience, receiving academic tutoring and other instruction, and socializing withpeers. Students will follow the regular 15-week Fall/Spring semester calendar. Typicalprogress through the program would include four (4) semesters of the following activities:3-6 hours/week – Attending classAudit a minimum of one undergraduate course (based on personal goals and interests).Student will attend, participate, and complete assignments (modified as needed).3-6 hours/week – Tutoring and enrichmentStudent will participate in individual academic sessions to support his/her progress inclass.2-10 hours/week – Vocational experience
Arcadia UniversityCTP Application 8Student will explore interests and possibilities; job rotations and training.8-12 hours/week - Social opportunitiesStudent will participate in activities such as meals, physical activity, events and clubs withother Arcadia undergraduate students.1-5 hours/week - Individual instructionDesigned to meet goals in the student’s individual program plan and approved by the team.Instruction could be provided by an outside agency or school district staff.Clock hours per semester would meet a minimum of 300 hours.4. Credential and Outcomes OfferedStudents who successfully complete four (4) semesters of participation in courses, workexperiences and social activities will be awarded a REAL Certificate of Completion fromArcadia University.Students will be assessed based on their individual plans for college participation,which will list the required academic, social, and employment experiences that studentsmust complete each semester. The plan will be developed upon entry into the certificateprogram and will be revisited at the beginning of each semester. A portfolio of studentwork in each of the three required areas will be completed. Students will be evaluated bytheir instructors, peer mentors, and the coordinator at the end of each semester through aquestionnaire. Students will also complete self-evaluation each semester. In the finalsemester, students will present a culminating project to a panel of evaluators (faculty andstaff). Students must summarize their experiences in the certificate and state their futuregoals to the panel. Panel members will evaluate the presentation and make arecommendation for certificate completion.(1) Satisfactory academic performance will be indicated by success in audited inclusiveacademic college courses, as demonstrated by good attendance, appropriate behavior inclass, and completion of assignments.(2) Success in meaningful employment skills will be indicated by the activeparticipation and increased independence in work activities sampled each semester, or bythe acquisition and retention of a paid position that aligns with personal interests.(3) Satisfactory social interactions will be assessed by direct observation, self-report,and peer reports. Students will receive peer support and social skills instruction, as well asaccess to all campus activities so that they can develop friendships with same-age peersand participate in an active social network.At the completion of the two-year period, students are eligible for a REAL Certificate of
Arcadia UniversityCTP Application 9Completion based on the following criteria:Completion of 1200 hours of learning activities over a four semester period (300 hrsper semester);Achievement of at least 80% of the objectives per semester within each componentof the individual plan for participation; andRecommendation for a REAL Certificate of Completion by the panel5. Letter to Accrediting AgencyA copy of the letter sent to our accrediting agency, Middle States Commission on HigherEducation, is provided in Appendix 5.
Arcadia UniversityCTP Application 10Appendix 1REAL CertificateAcademic Course EvaluationPlease complete the following evaluation about the REAL Certificate student who attendedyour class this semester. Thank you for your support!Student’s Name:Your Name:Class Attended:ClassroomBehaviorHad goodattendanceParticipated in classactivitiesShowed motivationand paid attentionMaintained positiverelations with peersRequestedassistance eAverageAverageBelowAverageNeedsImprovementPlease feel free to offer any comments you wish about the REAL Certificate and thisparticular participant.Feel free to contact The REAL Certificate Coordinator at 215-572-4095 if you havequestions or concerns about this evaluation. Thank you!
Arcadia UniversityCTP Application 11Appendix 2REAL CertificateVocational Experience EvaluationPlease complete the following evaluation about the REAL Certificate student who participatedin your work site this semester. Thank you for your support!Student’s Name:Your Name:Work site:Work Related dsImprovementAttendance and punctualityHygiene and groomingCommunication skillsRelations with supervisorand co-workersMotivation to work andlearnAbility to accept and followdirectionsAttention to task andquality of performanceProduction speed orproduction quantityProblem solving skillsEnthusiasm on the jobPlease feel free to offer any comments you wish about the REAL Certificate and thisparticular participant.Feel free to contact The REAL Certificate Coordinator at 215-572-4095 if you havequestions or concerns about this evaluation. Thank you!
Arcadia UniversityCTP Application 12Appendix 3REAL CertificateSocial Experience EvaluationPlease complete the following evaluation about the REAL Certificate student who participatedin social activities with you this semester. Thank you for your support!Student’s Name:Your Name:Work site:Social BehaviorAttendance and iene and groomingCommunication skillsRelations with peers duringactivitiesMotivation to participatein activityAbility to accept and followgroup activitiesProblem solving skillsAttention to safetyissuesPlease feel free to offer any comments you wish about the REAL Certificate and thisparticular participant.Feel free to contact The REAL Certificate Coordinator at 215-572-4095 if you havequestions or concerns about this evaluation. Thank you!
Arcadia UniversityCTP Application 13Appendix 4Peer Mentor Announcement
Arcadia UniversityCTP Application 14The Raising Expectations for Academic Learning(REAL) Certificate will launch in Fall 2013BE A PEER MENTOR!The REAL Certificate is a 2-yearcourse of studies for studentswith intellectual disabilities.REAL Certificate students willbe auditing undergraduateclasses, working, and spendingtime on campus.just like you!Peer mentors will be a big partof the success of the REALCertificate. Here are severalways you can volunteer tosupport REAL Certificatestudents:Attending and supportingstudents in classesProviding tutoring for classesand assignmentsAttending sporting and othercampus eventsServing as a job coachEating lunch on campus witha studentMentoring and teachingpersonal development goalsHelping collect data onindividualized goalspeer mentors beginning in Fall2013. You can sign up for anyamount of time from one hourto a whole day! You will beassigned a regular time foreach week of the semester.Training will be provided at thebeginning of the Fall semesterBeing a peer mentor is aGREAT experience for yourresumeWe are looking for reliable,motivated, and committedInterested?Contact Dr. Clare Papay via email ([email protected])Tell us:Why you are interestedYour availability in the Fall (be specific)Any non-education classes you are taking this FallAny campus activities that you regularly participate in (clubs, sports, events, etc.)
Arcadia UniversityCTP Application 15Appendix 5Letter to MSCHE
Arcadia University CTP Application 4 Arcadia University campus. The social supports will be as inclusive as possible. An important component of this initiative is the utilization of a peer mentor system to assist all students in their transition to and participation on campus. All peer me