The first annual Transitioning Academy was held July 21, 2010. The purpose of the Academy is to provide students with disabilities who will be attending Southeast Missouri State University in the fall the opportunity to get a taste of the college experience before fall classes begin. The Academy will showcase the programs and offerings by Southeast Missouri State University which are needed to make a successful transition from high school to college, or from another college to Southeast.
The focus of the Academy will be for students with disabilities to become acquainted with the services provided on campus. Research has shown that colleges, parents, and teachers have found academies to have had a positive influence on opening doors to postsecondary educational opportunities for students with disabilities. It is important for students to have more than one opportunity to tour the campus since it helps students “warm up” to the campus and identify places where they can study and learn.
Students participating in the Academy receive an in-depth tour of the campus and become acquainted with various areas on campus, such as the University Center, Disability Services, campus shuttle routes, University Counseling Services, Admissions, Textbook Rental, Residence Life, and the Student Recreation Centers, just to name a few. Other activities include learning about registering for disability related services; accessing services on campus; and identifying extracurricular college activities that are available. Workshops on learning styles, study skills, time management, self-advocacy skills, and organizational skills are also offered, as well as a workshop for the parents of these students.