Check & Connect: A Model for Engaging and Retaining Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Higher Education

Funder: Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

Subcontract from: Central Lakes College [MN]

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Establishes an inclusive and comprehensive model for engaging and retaining students with intellectual disabilities in higher education programs. Building on the Check & Connect model, this demonstration project is developing a postsecondary model providing Check & Connect coaches to work with college students with intellectual disabilities to address their persistence, engagement, and successful completion. The project focuses on academic engagement, social integration, comprehensive systems of student support, interagency collaboration at the state and community level, and successful program completion leading to positive employment and independent living outcomes. The project organizers believe that broad levels of collaboration are essential in supporting the outcomes of students with intellectual disabilities to achieve through their participation and eventual entry into employment and independent living.

Areas of work: Direct support workforce, Employment, Long-term supports and services, Positive support, Quality measurement


In collaboration with: Central Lakes College [MN], Ridgewater College [MN]