Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from this program will:
- Be able to advocate for their disability needs effectively.
- Be able to apply academic knowledge and social proficiencies in a work-based setting.
- Be able to create networks with peers and others.
- Be able to identify possible careers that would match personality type, strengths, interest, skills, and/or values.
The Propel Program is a comprehensive college experience for young adults with intellectual developmental disabilities. Students enrolled in Propel attend UMKC for two years, full-time (12 credit hours/semester; fall and spring semesters) and participate in college courses with students without intellectual disabilities 60% to 70% of the time. The curriculum focuses on the following domains: academic learning; work-based learning and career exploration; social learning; independent living skills; and self-determination. In addition to full-time coursework, students will also have the option of participating in other student activities such as student organizations and service-learning/community engagement. Propel Undergraduate Certificate is housed in the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology. Propel is supported through a grant from the Office of Postsecondary Education, US Department of Education to build a model comprehensive transition program for college students with intellectual developmental disabilities.
|College Study Skills and Resources|
|Developing a Person-Centered Life Plan|
|Communication Skills for Networking, Employment, and Friendship|
|Personal Finance and Disability Services|
|Developing a Career|
|Accessible, Inclusive Internships|
|Leadership and Disabilities|
|Psychology of Communicating Your Lived Experience|
|Disability Civil Rights Movements|
|Disability History and Culture|
|Propel students take a variety of elective courses on campus offered by the College of Arts & Sciences and other Schools and Departments. Fifteen courses Propel students frequently enroll in are:|
|Introduction To Photography|
|Fundamentals Of Effective Speaking And Listening|
|Understanding the Earth: Introduction to Environmental Science and Laboratory|
|U.S. History to 1877|
|U.S. History Since 1877|
|Mathematics For Liberal Arts|
|Physics of Sports|
|How Things Work|
|How Things Work Laboratory|
|Sociology: An Introduction|
To complete the program, the Propel student needs to finish required Propel certificate courses with a 2.0 GPA or better. Elective courses may be taken pass/fail.
Students who successfully completed the Propel undergraduate certificate may apply to be a UMKC bachelor's degree-seeking
student by following the steps below.
- Inform the Propel Program and identify a transition plan for the spring semester of year two.
- Successfully complete all of the requirements for earning the Leadership, Employment, and Community Engagement Certificate.
- Meet with a UMKC advisor in the area of study to have Propel coursework evaluated that will be applicable to an undergraduate degree program.
- Apply to UMKC as a degree-seeking student, noting successful completion of Propel.
- The application decision will be made by UMKC's Office of Admissions.
Students admitted to Propel who feel they do not need the Propel student support structures may apply to become a bachelor's
degree-seeking student by completing an appeal to the Director of Admissions.