The WCU UP Program provides an inclusive, two-year, on-campus living and learning experience for college-aged persons with intellectual disabilities. The goal of the program is to facilitate UP students' transition from secondary school to adult life with education, employment and independent living.
UP students live in on-campus dormitories distributed throughout university residence halls under the same university policies that apply to all WCU students. On-campus life is fully integrated and inclusive. There are no separate facilities, settings or classes for UP students.
WCU undergraduate students are recruited to provide paid and unpaid support to facilitate UP Students living on campus, attending classes, engaging in social and recreational activities, becoming involved in student organizations and developing friendships.
Prospective and current UP students and their families will want to check out the WCU UP Program Policies for information related to UP students status; admission criteria; the UP Certificate of Accomplishment; residential living; interagency and community supports; program termination; fees and accommodations; and program operation within the WCU community.
The UP Program was partially funded as one of the Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) through the Office of Postsecondary Education and continues to serve as a model demonstration program for North Carolina.
The WCU University Participant Program is designed to provide a two-year, on-campus living and learning experience for college-age persons with intellectual disabilities. The program is limited to four new students per year, with a maximum enrollment of eight students. During the two-year period, students are expected to complete requirements for receiving a UP Certificate of Accomplishment based on the successful completion of an Individual Plan for College Participation.
University Program students are not eligible for an undergraduate or graduate degree from the university and are not eligible to earn college credit. They are permitted to audit individual courses as part of their UP Program and required to pay appropriate fees for these courses as well as other university costs (i.e., housing, meal plan, student activities, etc).
The UP Certificate of Accomplishment is awarded after a two-year period based on satisfactory completion of five program components. These components include the following:
Note: Participants must pay current university fees for auditing courses.
At the completion of the two-year period, students will be eligible for a UP Certificate of Accomplishment based on the following criteria:
Want to learn more about our outcomes? Here are a few highlights and testimonials in our recent "UP to Date Report" created in June 2017.