FLORIDA CONSORTIUM ON INCLUSIVE HIGHER EDUCATION (FCIHE)
Students with an intellectual disability are attending college courses, on campuses around the country, with peers without disabilities, and engaged in internships and paid employment in their communities. As with their peers without disabilities, students with an intellectual disability are also active in their college’s organizations, clubs, and social activities. The Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education (FCIHE) is charged with increasing access to and engagement in college coursework and college life (clubs, organizations, and campus activities) culminating in a chosen career path and competitive employment for individuals with an intellectual disability. Florida Consortium helps to provide information on inclusive Florida college programs to students with an intellectual disability and their families as well as postsecondary and secondary staff.
The Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education is a partnership between the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP), Florida International University (FIU), and the Florida State College of Jacksonville (FSCJ). The Consortium was funded in 2015, $2.5 million dollars over five (5) years through a federal grant authorized by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008.
USF St. Petersburg is a key partner in the consortium whose objectives are:
- Expand the number of inclusive postsecondary education programs on campuses across Florida for young adults with intellectual disabilities and their families.
- Collaborate with all Florida postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities and other key stakeholders to facilitate alignment of curriculum and credentialing among the institutions.
- Develop a base of meaningful research in this area and to disseminate the research through peer-reviewed articles, conference presentations, and training.
The Consortium is one of 25 federally funded Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education (TPSID) nationwide. The five-year award is from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education.