Check & Connect: A Model for Engaging and Retaining Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Higher Education


Establishes an inclusive and comprehensive model for engaging and retaining students with intellectual disabilities in higher education programs. Building on the Check & Connect model, this demonstration project is developing a postsecondary model providing Check & Connect coaches to work with college students with intellectual disabilities to address their persistence, engagement, and successful completion. The project focuses on academic engagement, social integration, comprehensive systems of student support, interagency collaboration at the state and community level, and successful program completion leading to positive employment and independent living outcomes. The project organizers believe that broad levels of collaboration are essential in supporting the outcomes of students with intellectual disabilities to achieve through their participation and eventual entry into employment and independent living.

This project was archived on 2019-08-28T00:00:00.000-05:00

Eileen A Klemm
Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Subcontract from
Central Lakes College [MN]
Central Lakes College [MN]
Ridgewater College [MN]


Eileen A Klemm :: Check & Connect Program Manager

David R Johnson PhD :: Professor


  • Community life
    • Positive behavior support
      • Quality outcomes
      • Education practices (K12 and transition)
        • Accommodations and supports
          • Dropout prevention and student engagement
            • Family engagement
              • Inclusive education
                • Mentoring of youth
                  • Student learning strategies
                    • Transition planning
                    • Educational accountability and assessment
                      • Assessment of individuals
                        • Diplomas and Graduation Requirements
                          • Evaluation of education programs
                            • Quality outcomes
                            • Specific life stage
                              • Adolescents and young adults


                              • Dissemination
                                • Evaluation
                                  • Outreach
                                    • Research
                                      • Technical assistance
                                        • Training and professional development