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National Coordinating Center

Think College National Coordinating Center

Think College at the Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass Boston is funded by the Office of Postsecondary Education, US Department of Education to provide support, coordination, training and evaluation services for Transition and Postsecondary Education Program (TPSID) grantees as well as other programs for students with  intellectual disabilities nationwide. Think College is honored to continue the work it began in 2010 when it was first funded as the National Coordinating Center, supporting the growth and enhancement of postsecondary options for students with intellectual disabilities across the United States.

Key personnel for the National Coordinating Center are Meg Grigal, Principal Investigator, Debra Hart, Co-Principal Investigator and Cate Weir, Project Director.

Listing of Funded TPSIDs 2015-2020

Listing of Funded TPSIDs 2010-2015

US Map showing locations of current TPSID projects

TPSID Projects At A Glance - click here for key features and descriptions of each of the grantees's projects

Key Activities of the National Coordinating Center

Build a valid and reliable knowledge base around effective inclusive higher education components for students with intellectual disability.

Develop and disseminate print publications on all aspects of postsecondary education for students with intellectual disability.

Provide technical assistance to TPSID programs as well as other existing and new inclusive postsecondary education programs.

Collect, analyze, synthesize and report annual and longitudinal follow-up quantitative and qualitative data on TPSID program components and outcomes.

Maintain accessible communication channels to support the community of professionals, parents, and students who are engaged with postsecondary education opportunities for students with intellectual disability.

Provide training events across the country and via the web to support the development and enhancement of postsecondary education options.

Engage with policy regarding inclusive postsecondary education at the state and federal level.

Support the research efforts and dissemination of all those engaged with researching best and promising practices in inclusive higher education.Through these activities and national leadership and dissemination strategies, the National Coordinating Center will increase knowledge across all target audiences of the programmatic components and evidence-based practices needed to develop, implement, and evaluate high quality inclusive higher education.

The Think College National Coordinating Center has authored several publications, including annual reports based on the data collected from the TPSID programs.  These are currently the only comprehensive data-based reports on the practices and outcomes of higher education for students with intellectual disabilities.

National Coordinating Center Publications

cover of National Coordinating Center Report




For a complete listing of Think College Publications, visit our Publications page