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EXCEL Partnership Admission Requirements

EXCEL students on tour

Admission criteria:

Consideration for admission to the EXCEL Partnership program is given to individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in a Bridgewater State University EXCEL Program partnering school district
  • Applicant’s school district must agree to fund student’s participation in program
  • Student is recommended by partnering district as a strong candidate for the program
  • Documentation of an intellectual/developmental disability
  • Currently receiving special education services in a partnering school district
  • Tier 1 -  ages 18 to 22, has not passed MCAS requirements
  • Tier 2 - ages 20 to 22, has passed MCAS requirements, but still eligible for special education services because of significant functional disabilities, transition needs, etc.
  • Demonstrates emotional stability and maturity; no history of disruptive or challenging behavior (the EXCEL Program does not have the personnel required to manage behavioral needs)
  • Eagerness to continue learning in a college classroom setting
  • Commitment to school/transition program as demonstrated by solid high school attendance record
  • Expresses interest in living and working as independently as possible in their community after completing the program; a vision supported by family/guardian
  • Desire to build upon self-determination and self-advocacy skills; a vision supported by family/guardian
  • Able to identify job-related interests and career goals; ultimate goal is paid employment
  • Demonstrates communication skills adequate to interact with others on the BSU campus
  • Able to adhere to the BSU Code of Conduct

Additional criteria for students applying to the EXCEL Residence Life program:

  • One successful year in the EXCEL Partnership commuter program
  • Able to function independently (uses technology, navigates campus, follows own schedule, etc.)
  • Functional daily living skills (personal care, grooming, etc.)
  • Functional self-advocacy skills (understanding of when to seek support, knowledge of one’s own disability and learning strengths/needs)
  • Able to independently recognize and react to emergency situations
  • Able to live independent from support staff
  • Able to self-administer medications
  • Able to make appropriate decisions regarding personal safety
  • Able to manage personal belongings (ID, phone, wallet, money, etc.)
  • At least a third-grade reading level
  • Motivation and willingness to build upon daily/independent living skills
  • Adhere to the code of conduct as outlined by BSU Residence Life