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Celebrating Our Past. Transforming The Future.


This fall, the College of Education and Human Development will begin a year-long celebration of 50 years of excellence.

Throughout our history we have been charged with transforming and enriching lives through education and health. Created as a school for teachers, we are now a school for leaders.

We offer 21 undergraduate programs and more than 30 graduate programs across multiple emphasis areas.

Educators, sports professionals, business leaders, healthcare professionals. Whatever the industry, our graduates are game-changers. Our graduates transform lives.

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We are proud to be one of 11 universities in the Texas A&M University System preparing educators for Texas school systems.

There are more than 10,000 Aggies working in Texas schools across 746 districts and 208 counties. Thanks to our excellence in teacher preparation, these Aggies will stay in the classrooms long after their peers.

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HLKN is the largest academic department at Texas A&M University and generates over 98,000 credit hours and 203,000 (Modified) weighted student credit hours each year.

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Aggie ACHIEVE: The Inclusive College Experience

Aggie ACHIEVE: The Inclusive College Experience
May 29, 2019 Ashley Green
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Aggie ACHIEVE: The Inclusive College Experience


Attending a university like Texas A&M is a dream many students with intellectual and developmental disabilities never get to fulfill. They have the same wants and desires as other students, but many universities do not have the programs available to support them.

This fall, that changes for the state of Texas with the launch of Aggie ACHIEVE, the state’s first residential, inclusive, four-year postsecondary educational opportunity for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Aggie ACHIEVE (Academic Courses in Higher Inclusive Education and Vocational Experiences) is a certificate-based inclusive higher education opportunity for young adults with disabilities to expand their interests and prepare them for employment.Abby Tassin with acceptance letter

While the students involved in Aggie ACHIEVE will not receive a degree from Texas A&M, they will graduate with a certificate, acknowledging their successful completion.

Aggie ACHIEVE is the brainchild of Dr. Carly Gilson, assistant professor of special education.

“This is not meant to be a place to come get the college experience and then go back to what you were doing before. The intention is to provide a rigorous education, academics and employment experience that will prepare these young adults to go out and work in the community in a job they are interested in that matches their strengths,” said Gilson.

Lexi Villarreal with acceptance letterThe first cohort includes five students from across the state. These students will live on campus, participate in classes and serve in clubs and organizations.

“We are focused on the importance of being inclusive and immersive. We have a campus community of 60,000 students and we want to make sure that the students in Aggie ACHIEVE are going to be integrated fully into that campus community,” explained Gilson.

The first two years of Aggie ACHIEVE will introduce students to college life through seminars focused on independent living, career awareness and self-determination. The students will also be required to audit credit courses.Courtney Osburn with acceptance letter

The last two years are focused on career development and field specialization. Students will participate in on- and off-campus internships in their field of interest.

Gilson is using a process called person-centered planning. Each student and their family will meet with faculty and staff to design their individualized goals each year of the program.Miguel Gonzalez with acceptance letter

ACHIEVEmates

Another piece of support for the students is Aggie ACHIEVEmates. Current students from colleges across campus are establishing one-on-one relationships with Aggie ACHIEVE students to facilitate inclusion in the campus community.

ACHIEVEmates will focus on four key areas. Peer mentors assist students with academic coursework and encourage good study habits. Lunch partners focus on social skills and healthy eating goals. Fitness friends enroll in PEAP courses or engage in workouts to encourage safe exercise habits. Daily planners focus on organizational skills, self-advocacy, money management and ensuring students meet all expectations of Aggie ACHIEVE.

Many Texas A&M students may have little experience interacting with individuals with disabilities. Research shows sustained contact is the primary predictor of improved attitudes. Gilson hopes, by offering an inclusive program like Aggie ACHIEVE, we can help influence the views and expectations of Texas A&M students going on to key leadership roles around the country after graduation.

“We want this to be something that, in addition to the direct population it serves, it also provides leadership and training opportunities for our current students,” explained Gilson.

Gilson hopes Aggie ACHIEVE helps Texas A&M be a leader in the state and nation for work focused on young adults with disabilities. As the state’s first inclusive, residential postsecondary educational opportunity, Gilson believes Aggie ACHIEVE provides a unique opportunity for researchers to engage with students and faculty involved.

Students in Aggie ACHIEVE are required to pay tuition and fees. Gilson is currently working to receive a comprehensive transition program designation to help offset many of those fees. A CTP designation allows students to receive federal funding. If approved, Aggie ACHIEVE will be the first CTP in Texas.

 

You can learn more about Aggie ACHIEVE at tx.ag/aggieachieve. 

Aggie ACHIEVE is housed in the Department of Educational Psychology and is a signature program in the Center on Disability and Development.

To support Aggie ACHIEVE and to transform the lives of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, contact Jody Ford ’99, Sr. Director of Development jford@txamfoundation.com or 979-847-8655.

About the Writer


Ashley is the Media Relations Coordinator and responsible for news coverage in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture as well as the Department of Educational Psychology.

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Fundraising


To learn more about how you can assist in fundraising, contact Jody Ford ’99, Sr. Director of Development jford@txamfoundation.com or 979-847-8655

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