Skip to content or Navigation

Staff Publications

Think College staff have published a number of journal articles, book chapters and books related to postsecondary education for students with intellectual disability. Click on a staff person's name below to see a complete list of their publications on this topic.  See staff biographies >>

close or open tab Molly Boyle
This Think College Insight Brief offers tips for effective communication with key stakeholders when working to establish an inclusive dual enrollment program on a college campus.

Profiles and Promising Practices in Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disability describes the background and practices of five postsecondary education programs, and identifies promising practices that were observed during site visits conducted in 2012.  Practices are ...

This Think College Insight Brief discusses how students with intellectual disabilities can utilize federal financial aid to help pay for college.
Includes checklists for UCD instruction, UCD assessment and UCD environment
Provides specific strategies that professors can folow to assure that their course syllabus is universally designed and accessible to all students.
This is a snapshot of a weekly schedule for several students attending the postsecondary program at Mass Bay Community College in Massachusetts and it gives an overview of student activities in a dual-enrollment, inclusive postsecondary education program in Massachusetts.

This is a sample of a student schedule for an individual attending the postsecondary program who also has a job while attending  Mass Bay Community College in Massachusetts.

close or open tab Meg Grigal
This Annual Report on the TPSID projects shares data and analysis from data collected from 50 TPSID projects in FY2013-2014 on the programmatic structures as well as student characteristics and student outcomes for 883 students.
This Credential Action Planning (CAP) tool supports postsecondary education programs for students with intellectual disabilities in the development of a meaningful credential that can be earned by the students attending their program. It includes a checklist that takes the user ...
This Think College Insight Brief (#25) shares strategies and processes that can be used by programs when they are developing the credential that students will earn.  An accompanying Credential Action Planning Tool is also available from Think College.
This one page infographic shows key characteristics of students attending TPSID programs in 2011-2012 school year, including demographics, courses attended, job and career development activities and housing.
This Fast Fact shares data from the National Coordinating Center related to course enrollment and employment outcomes for students attending the Transition and Postsecondary Education Programs for Students with ID (TPSID) that were funded via the Higher Education Opportunity Act ...
This report provides a summary of the creation of this evaluation framework and a comprehensive look at critical components of the TPSID programs throughout the US in the 2010–2011 and 2011-2012 academic years.The report describes the types of IHEs that ...

This article presents an overview of current legislative and policy issues as they related to postsecondary education for people with intellectual disability, including the ...

Profiles and Promising Practices in Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disability describes the background and practices of five postsecondary education programs, and identifies promising practices that were observed during site visits conducted in 2012.  Practices are ...

The authors present findings from a 2009 survey of postsecondary education (PSE) programs for students with an intellectual disability (ID) conducted in the United States. The survey was designed to collect descriptive information on characteristics and practices of existing PSE ...

Introduction to the special issue of the Journal of Policy and Practice on Postsecondary Education and Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, edited by Meg Grigal and Debra Hart.

“The existence of a special issue of the Journal of Policy and Practice on Intellectual Disabilities focusing on postsecondary education for individuals with intellectual disabilities demonstrates that there are increasing expectations that people with ...

This Think College Insight Brief highlights some recent findings on the impact of postsecondary education on employment outcomes and how this impact differs by disability status, using data from the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS).
This Insight Brief discussed the history of the development of PSE options for students with ID as well as future implications.
This article discusses a free, online tool designed to help educators conduct a self-assessment of dual enrollment transition programs on college campuses for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In this webinar from January, 2012 sponsored by the Golisano Foundation and the University of Rochester, Meg Grigal provides an overview of the Think College Standards, including how they were developed and how they can be used.

Link ...

This brief describes the fiscal, policy, and environmental contexts of the current state of practice and research in the field of inclusive higher education for students with intellectual disability (ID). It also introduces a validated, standards-based conceptual framework that provides ...
This tool can be used by college programs serving students with intellectual disabilities to reflect on the level of implementation within their program of the Think College Standards, Quality Indicators and Benchmarks.  Each benchmark is listed with an implementation ...
Think College at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston has developed Standards, Quality Indicators, and Benchmarks for Inclusive Higher Education. Institutes of higher education can use these standards to create, expand, or enhance high quality, ...

This article describes a secondary analysis of variables from the National Longitudinal Transition Survey 2 (NLTS-2) database. Specifically, students with intellectual disability (ID) were compared to students with other disabilities regarding post-school transition goals listed on their IEPs/Transition Plans, ...

An overview of postsecondary education (PSE) options for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other Intellectual Disabilities (ID) is shared. Topics include a historical and philosophical discussion outlining how students with ASD and ID can benefit from postsecondary opportunities, ...
This book provides education professionals with the critical information they need to help students take full advantage of their educational opportunities as legislation and policy changes expand postsecondary education options for students with intellectual disabilities. It can be purchased from ...
This Think College Fast Facts report offers an overview of postsecondary education options for students with intellectual disabilities across the country, based on a national survey of programs conducted by Think College at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMASS-Boston, ...
This Think college Insight Brief discusses the philosophy behind offering postsecondary education opportunities to students with intellectual disabilities.
This Think College Insight Brief reports findings of a 5 year research and technical assistance grant related to the paid employment outcomes of students who attended dual enrollment postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities on college campuses in Maryland and ...
This tool allows students with intellectual disabilities to monitor their own progress - with supports - in requesting accommodations in a variety of community settings (classrooms, on the job, community, and social) by having them practice with teachers, acquaintances and ...
This resource is useful for individuals and programs interested in transition program development and/or improvement. In light of the expanding number and diversity of postsecondary and transition programs for youth with intellectual disabilities, determining the quality of these services ...
This checklist is designed to give family members an easy to use list of topics that should be taken into consideration when discussing transition from high school to college. Created by the On-Campus Outreach grant at the University of Maryland.
This brief provides an overview of some successful models of transition services being implemented in postsecondary settings, describes one such model implemented by the Baltimore City Public School System in three local colleges, and presents some of the implications and ...
This Research to Practice Brief  informs readers about the various post-secondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities, describing them in terms of level of inclusion: substantially separate, mixed/hybrid and inclusive. This brief also provides information on program funding ...
A survey was conducted with 234 parents of secondary-level students with high- and low-incidence disabilities in two urban school systems about the importance of secondary instructional domains and transition planning and their post-school expectations for their son or daughter. Significant differences ...
This article presents an overview of options that improve access to age appropriate educational and transition experiences for youth with significant disabilities ages 18-21. The article describes two models for providing access to post secondary education: (a) programs that serve ...
Teachers in 11 public school systems serving students with significant disabilities ages 18-21 in 13 postsecondary settings were surveyed to collect information on students' access to college courses, employment training, activities in the community and on college campuses, and interagency linkages with ...
By providing educational services in postsecondary settings, public schools may engage transition age students with significant disabilities in meaningful, age appropriate learning during their final years of public school special education. This article describes the goals of providing educational services ...
This article provides parents and others the information they may need to initiate postsecondary education options for students with significant disabilities ages 18-21. The article explores the goals programs may wish to address, how students should prepare for such postsecondary ...
This article provides an overview of programs based in post-secondary settings in Maryland that serve students ages 18-21 with significant disabilities who are still receiving public school special education services. Student and setting characteristics, staffing, funding patterns, referral and admission ...
This Fact Sheet offers tips for families as they prepare to help their child with an intellectual disability think about going to college.
close or open tab Debra Hart
This Annual Report on the TPSID projects shares data and analysis from data collected from 50 TPSID projects in FY2013-2014 on the programmatic structures as well as student characteristics and student outcomes for 883 students.
This Fast Fact shares data from the National Coordinating Center related to course enrollment and employment outcomes for students attending the Transition and Postsecondary Education Programs for Students with ID (TPSID) that were funded via the Higher Education Opportunity Act ...
There is a range of possible funding sources that can be used to finance program and student costs in higher education. Currently, while the list of possible sources is lengthy, their use is spotty. While each funding source listed is ...
This report provides a summary of the creation of this evaluation framework and a comprehensive look at critical components of the TPSID programs throughout the US in the 2010–2011 and 2011-2012 academic years.The report describes the types of IHEs that ...

This article presents an overview of current legislative and policy issues as they related to postsecondary education for people with intellectual disability, including the ...

Profiles and Promising Practices in Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disability describes the background and practices of five postsecondary education programs, and identifies promising practices that were observed during site visits conducted in 2012.  Practices are ...

The authors present findings from a 2009 survey of postsecondary education (PSE) programs for students with an intellectual disability (ID) conducted in the United States. The survey was designed to collect descriptive information on characteristics and practices of existing PSE ...

Introduction to the special issue of the Journal of Policy and Practice on Postsecondary Education and Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, edited by Meg Grigal and Debra Hart.

“The existence of a special issue of the Journal of Policy and Practice on Intellectual Disabilities focusing on postsecondary education for individuals with intellectual disabilities demonstrates that there are increasing expectations that people with ...

This Insight Brief discussed the history of the development of PSE options for students with ID as well as future implications.
This brief describes the fiscal, policy, and environmental contexts of the current state of practice and research in the field of inclusive higher education for students with intellectual disability (ID). It also introduces a validated, standards-based conceptual framework that provides ...
This tool can be used by college programs serving students with intellectual disabilities to reflect on the level of implementation within their program of the Think College Standards, Quality Indicators and Benchmarks.  Each benchmark is listed with an implementation ...
Think College at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston has developed Standards, Quality Indicators, and Benchmarks for Inclusive Higher Education. Institutes of higher education can use these standards to create, expand, or enhance high quality, ...

This article describes a secondary analysis of variables from the National Longitudinal Transition Survey 2 (NLTS-2) database. Specifically, students with intellectual disability (ID) were compared to students with other disabilities regarding post-school transition goals listed on their IEPs/Transition Plans, ...

This Think College Insight Brief, gives an overview of the impact of students with intellectual disabilities in postsecondary education opportunities on teacher education programs. Peer mentoring programs at four universities are described and discussed.
An overview of postsecondary education (PSE) options for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other Intellectual Disabilities (ID) is shared. Topics include a historical and philosophical discussion outlining how students with ASD and ID can benefit from postsecondary opportunities, ...
This book provides education professionals with the critical information they need to help students take full advantage of their educational opportunities as legislation and policy changes expand postsecondary education options for students with intellectual disabilities. It can be purchased from ...
This Think College Fast Facts report offers an overview of postsecondary education options for students with intellectual disabilities across the country, based on a national survey of programs conducted by Think College at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMASS-Boston, ...
This Think college Insight Brief discusses the philosophy behind offering postsecondary education opportunities to students with intellectual disabilities.
This Think College Fast Facts report gives an overview of how postsecondary education experiences can improve employment outcomes for people with intellectual disabilities, based on a secondary analysis of the RSA 911 research data (the Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation national database) &...
This resource is useful for individuals and programs interested in transition program development and/or improvement. In light of the expanding number and diversity of postsecondary and transition programs for youth with intellectual disabilities, determining the quality of these services ...
This chapter discusses Universal Course Design (UCD) as a professional development strategy that allows university and college instructors to effectively reach all learners. The goal of UCD is to prepare faculty to increase college students' access to curriculum, instruction, assessment, ...
This Research to Practice Brief  informs readers about the various post-secondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities, describing them in terms of level of inclusion: substantially separate, mixed/hybrid and inclusive. This brief also provides information on program funding ...
This paper examines the often overwhelming and confusing process associated with finding and accessing services and supports encountered by students with disabilities in secondary schools as they prepare to attend postsecondary education and/or engage in employment The white paper ...
Participation in postsecondary education is a known predictor of a successful employment outcome for youth without disabilities. There is research documenting that this is true for youth with disabilities as well. Most literature on postsecondary education for youth with disabilities ...
Traditionally, youth with learning, cognitive, and intellectual disabilities (LCID) have not been given the option of participating in and thus benefiting from a postsecondary education. There are school districts and community colleges across the country, however, that are creating opportunities ...
This paper addresses the question of how interagency service coordination for youth with disabilities can be more flexible, youth centered, and culturally responsive. Poor interagency service coordination creates barriers to postsecondary educational access. These barriers are even more prominent for ...
This article details a model approach for creating access to college for all students, including students with disabilities who have a significant physical or intellectual disabilities. The model is built around a student's strengths and preferences, involves family members, ...
close or open tab Maria Paiewonsky
In this Guide, we break down how to engage college students with intellectual disabilities in every step of the research process: finding relevant topics, using new technology to research them, and sharing their findings and recommendations.
This table provides recommended transition activities and outlines the role of the student, family, transition teacher and special education administrator for each activity to assist students to prepare for transition into college.

 

This Think College Insight Brief offers tips for effective communication with key stakeholders when working to establish an inclusive dual enrollment program on a college campus.

Part of the 2012-2013 Think College webinar series that featured presentations from chapter authors of the book Think College edited by Meg Grigal and Debra Hart. Preparing transition-aged students for college requires comprehensive planning at the district and individual ...

This Think College Insight Brief describes how dual enrollment programs at several community colleges in Massachusetts have shifted from the use of state funds that were provided as seed money to be self-supporting with the use of IDEA funds and ...
Research facilitators from three universities share their experiences using participatory action research (PAR) methods with college students with intellectual disabilities. They discuss their efforts to make all phases of PAR accessible and meaningful for the students, highlight examples from their ...
Students with intellectual disabilities are taking the lead conducting participatory action research (PAR) to chronicle their college experience as part of a national college access initiative. This research currently involves college students with intellectual ...
The Student-Educational Coach Agreement is a tool designed to help students who are attending college to develop a working relationship with their educational coaches. The agreement includes nine areas that college students may need some assistance with as they adjust ...
This Think College Insight Brief provides an overview of the supported education model and some of the challenges associated with using educational coaches in college. Explains how to use the Student/Coach Agreement Form.
This Think College Insight Brief describes a Participatory Action Research project conducted by students with intellectual disabilities attending college in Massachusetts. The brief outlines the 5-step process the students went through to document their college experiences.
This Think College Insight Brief provides an overview of the supported education model, the use of educatioanal coaches to support inclusive academic access, and some of the challenges associated with using educational coaches in college.
close or open tab Cate Weir
This Annual Report on the TPSID projects shares data and analysis from data collected from 50 TPSID projects in FY2013-2014 on the programmatic structures as well as student characteristics and student outcomes for 883 students.
This Credential Action Planning (CAP) tool supports postsecondary education programs for students with intellectual disabilities in the development of a meaningful credential that can be earned by the students attending their program. It includes a checklist that takes the user ...
This Think College Insight Brief (#25) shares strategies and processes that can be used by programs when they are developing the credential that students will earn.  An accompanying Credential Action Planning Tool is also available from Think College.
There is a range of possible funding sources that can be used to finance program and student costs in higher education. Currently, while the list of possible sources is lengthy, their use is spotty. While each funding source listed is ...
The third Think College podcast for parents is titled "How Does It Get Paid For?", and offers information to parents of youth with intellectual disabilities on the various options for funding a postsecondary program. Use the links below to download ...

This article presents an overview of current legislative and policy issues as they related to postsecondary education for people with intellectual disability, including the ...

Profiles and Promising Practices in Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disability describes the background and practices of five postsecondary education programs, and identifies promising practices that were observed during site visits conducted in 2012.  Practices are ...

This module provides information to families who want to learn more about the possibilities for their sons or daughters with intellectual disabilities to attend college. The module will describe college options, identify how college is different from high school, discuss ...

The authors present findings from a 2009 survey of postsecondary education (PSE) programs for students with an intellectual disability (ID) conducted in the United States. The survey was designed to collect descriptive information on characteristics and practices of existing PSE ...

In this 15 minute podcast, Cate Weir is back to dig a bit deeper into questions that families have about the ins and outs of students with intellectual disabilities in college. What classes do they take? Can they live on campus? ...
In this 15 minute podcast, Cate Weir, Project Coordinator for Think College, introduces families to postsecondary education opportunities and answers some of the basic questions that families have on postsecondary education options for their sons and daughters with intellectual disabilities. The ...
This brief describes the fiscal, policy, and environmental contexts of the current state of practice and research in the field of inclusive higher education for students with intellectual disability (ID). It also introduces a validated, standards-based conceptual framework that provides ...
This tool can be used by college programs serving students with intellectual disabilities to reflect on the level of implementation within their program of the Think College Standards, Quality Indicators and Benchmarks.  Each benchmark is listed with an implementation ...
Think College at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston has developed Standards, Quality Indicators, and Benchmarks for Inclusive Higher Education. Institutes of higher education can use these standards to create, expand, or enhance high quality, ...
“Postsecondary education is a primary goal for the majority of high school students with transition plans, according to the National Longitudinal Transition Study–2. However, according to that same study, only about 3 in 10 young adults ...
This Think College Insight Brief, gives an overview of the impact of students with intellectual disabilities in postsecondary education opportunities on teacher education programs. Peer mentoring programs at four universities are described and discussed.
This Impact issue explores what we know, and what we still need to know, about what works to support increased participation of students with disabilities, especially those with intellectual disabilities, in postsecondary education and why that participation is important. It ...
An overview of postsecondary education (PSE) options for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other Intellectual Disabilities (ID) is shared. Topics include a historical and philosophical discussion outlining how students with ASD and ID can benefit from postsecondary opportunities, ...
This Think College Fast Facts report offers an overview of postsecondary education options for students with intellectual disabilities across the country, based on a national survey of programs conducted by Think College at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMASS-Boston, ...
The Reflective Practice Implementation Guide is a comprehensive resource for postsecondary education institutions interested in furthering their faculty’s professional development through the use of reflective ...
Recent studies of innovative supports and services in postsecondary education reveal more effective and cooperative mechanisms with which to provide supports to individuals with disabilities (Stodden, Jones, & Chang, 2003; Whelley, Hart, & Zafft, 2003). Colleges and universities can design supports that ...
This "call to action" encourages the reader to challenge the prejudiced assumptions that underlie the exclusion of persons with disabilities from higher education, and bring full inclusion to postsecondary settings. The article explains that the notion of disability is a ...