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Giving students with learning differences on college campuses the tools and support to succeed

College STAR (Supporting Transition, Access, and Retention) is a multi-campus collaborative project designed to help participating postsecondary institutions to become welcoming environments for students with learning differences. With Oak’s support, College STAR is currently growing a network of students, parents, and educational professionals committed to this mission.

“We are not another number, another student, another IEP form; we are a human being, and that is great.”

– Participant in College STAR student support programme

 

 

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

 

College STAR is committed to increasing student success by providing ongoing faculty development opportunities balanced with direct support services for students. An estimated 67% of students with learning differences enroll in postsecondary institutions after graduating from high school.  Of that amount, only an estimated 41% graduate from community colleges and 34% from four-year colleges/universities. College STAR is designed to reach students with formally identified disabilities (e.g. learning disabilities and ADD) as well as raise awareness on post-secondary campuses about learner variability in general.  It weaves together direct supports for students, instructional supports for faculty members, and partnerships with a wide variety of stakeholders. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, which encourage educators to plan and deliver instruction with the widest possible range of learners in mind, are at the heart of the instructional support component of College STAR.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE OAK FUNDED  PROJECT

 

With Oak’s support, College STAR is partnering with individuals in multiple education settings with a focus on resource development and dissemination, action research, and network building.  To that end, College STAR is currently seeking to expand and partner with additional colleges, universities and high schools with an emphasis on providing technical assistance and resources. It is also facilitating the work of a network of individuals who are committed to furthering college opportunities and outcomes for students with diverse learning profiles.

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

  • An estimated 67% of students with learning differences enroll in postsecondary institutions after graduating from high school, but only an estimated 41% graduate from community colleges and 34% from four-year colleges/universities.

  • During 2015/16, over 140 students participated in study support programs with College STAR.

  • The instructional support component of College STAR casts an even wider net, reaching thousands of students across participating campuses.  For example, events and professional developments during Academic Year 2015/2016 reached faculty from seventeen discrete fields of study, including Biology, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, and others.

 

 

AWARD DETAILS

For information about this grant, please visit our Grant Database.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC PRIORITY AREA

1: Strengthen teacher capacity

2: Engage students

4: Personalize learning

5: Build demand

 

 

 

SPECIAL TOPIC COVERED

- Metacognition

- Universal Design for Learning

- Youth voices

- Postsecondary

 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Manual

 

Online courses

 

Tool

 

Website

 

Book

CONNECT WITH US

 

Contact person for Oak LDP grant

Name: Sarah Williams

Position: Associate Professor

Email: williamssar@ecu.edu

 

 

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

What have you accomplished through your Oak-funded programme that you’re most proud to share with your colleagues?

 

The development of free, online professional development modules for post-secondary faculty and a student podcast available on iTunes called LD State of Mind. Soon we’ll be able to share video clips of faculty members from various disciplines describing how they incorporate one or more of the principles of UDL into their coursework.

What’s the most interesting challenge your Oak-funded programme currently faces?

 

Determining how to evaluate the impact of culture-change goals (i.e. goals that do not fit neatly on a spreadsheet or offer easy assessment routes); building a meaningful, sustainable, and productive network of individuals and campuses committed to furthering the College STAR mission; and sustaining the student and instructional support work during challenging financial and political times.

 

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