Criteria and Process

All applicants less than 22 years of age are encouraged to consider opportunities available in their current school system under Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) before committing to this fee-based program.

Criteria

In order to be sure that the Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth is the best match for our applicants, we require an application packet be completed for each student.

Applicants will have typically received extensive special education services in their secondary schools, graduated with an alternative diploma, and denied access to a traditional college degree program.

Both the Academic, Social, and Career Enrichment (ASCE) and Advanced Leadership and Career Development (ALCD) programs are two-year certificate programs (not accredited college degree programs). Exiting students will receive a certificate of completion. Students, if accepted, will be KSU non-degree seeking audit students.

Upon entering, it is expected that students will demonstrate the following minimal requirements:

    • 3rd grade reading level (preferred)
    • Knowledge of basic mathematics understanding and ability to use a calculator
    • Ability to function independently for a sustained period of time
    • No significant behavioral or emotional problems that would impact school performance
    • Ability to be successful in competitive employment situations
    • Desire and motivation to complete a post-secondary program
    • Have a willingness to complete all assignments with support
    • Successfully completed a high school program (served under IDEA)
    • Strongly recommended that applicant be on an active Vocational Rehabilitation caseload
    • Successfully completed an introductory inclusive post-secondary program (such as the KSU Academy's ASCE)
    • Engaged in some career opportunities for at least a year (preferred)
    • 3rd grade reading level (preferred)
    • Knowledge of basic mathematics understanding and ability to use a calculator
    • Ability to function independently for a sustained period of time with limited support
    • No significant behavioral or emotional problems that would impact school performance
    • Ability to be successful in competitive employment situations with limited support
    • Desire and motivation to complete a post-secondary program
    • Have a willingness to complete all assignments with limited support
    • Successfully completed a high school program (served under IDEA)
    • Strongly recommended that applicant be on an active Vocational Rehabilitation caseload

Letters of recommendation from teachers and supervisors are extremely important, as these describe current levels of performance across many areas.

Process

The Academy welcomes applications from all qualified students regardless of age, race, sex, religion, disability, or cultural background. Admission to the Academy is based on a number of factors, and requirements for admission have been developed in accordance with the unique goals of the Academy under the direction of Kennesaw State University.

Applicant credentials must indicate a reasonable chance of successful completion of the Academy program. Admission decisions are based on an applicant’s previous record of appropriate preparation, academic performance, test results, personal qualities, and experience. It is the responsibility of the potential applicant to provide documentation.

Admission is a selective process and meeting deadlines or minimum requirements will not necessarily guarantee acceptance.

Approval for admission is valid only for the term specified at the time of acceptance and does not imply that approval will be granted for a term not specified. It is permissible to submit copies of all records with the exception of transcripts. The Academy is unable to make copies for applicant documentation.

The Academy reserves the right to withdraw admission prior to or following enrollment if the student has falsified application materials or otherwise demonstrated ineligibility as determined by the standards of the Academy, the University, and/or the Board of Regents.

 

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