Midwest Inclusive PostSecondary Alliance (MIPSA) April 8, 2019 Spring Meeting Columbus, Ohio Our host was Ohio State University. Thank you Jessie Green. Attending: Jonathan Lidgus, April Regester, Maya Harris & Katelend Davis (University of Missouri-St. Louis); Julie Warm (EXCEL: Expanding College for Exceptional Learners), Debra Southard & Michael Brunkhorst (University of Central Missouri); Suzanna Yuhasz (Purdue Fort Wayne University); Erica Marshall (Huntington University); Rachel Heinz & David Hough (Missouri State University); Justin Chase (Northeastern State University [Oklahoma]); Jessie Green & Julia Novakowski (Ohio State University); Attending via Zoom: Amy Armstrong (Minot State University); Jessica Lamb (Augustana University) Dues Lidgus announced that the grant that funded the start up of MIPSA has ended. To sustain MIPSA we need a dues structure. Lidgus proposed: $300 per institution, university or college; $50 individual $30 family $150 organization Hough made an observation that it would beneficial for the institution have tangible benefits for institutions. It was decided to offer each member institution have 3 votes (Will need to amend by-laws) Student involvement Attendance: There was a general conversation if MIPSA funds should be used to support student travel to meetings. Green suggested that our institutions often fund student travel. Lidgus suggested that students be selected to participate in 3 year blocks (years 1 & 2 on campus and 3rd year as an alumni). Institutions should commit to sponsor a student for the first two years of participation and the 3rd year would be on their own. Regester talked about the possibility of an Institution of Education Studies (IES) grant to fund our operation. Next step: putting together a scholarship program for students. Student Outcomes: We should develop student outcomes for MIPSA that programs can use to justify student involvement. The major outcome is self-advocacy. Are there others? Professionalism; Leadership development; sustained competitive meaningful employment; career exploration; Meeting structure How often should we meet? General conversation about meeting in conjunction with big national conferences or meeting just ourselves. Regester advocated for keeping the focus on strengthening existing programs. Hough thought it was important to have a registration fee for meetings, although it should be small amount. Missouri State University (Springfield Missouri) is offering to host Fall 2019. Possible topics include peer support or community involvement. Regester asked for peer support. Hough also thought assessment data would be interesting. Maybe meetings should be longer.
General Discussion: Yuhasz asked how others handle program admission. Several programs admit to the program and then inform the institutionâ€™s admission office. Students are admitted as non-degree seeking. Minot State University admits to the program and then are referred to the local community college. All programs offer participants student ids. Heinz asked about parental boundaries. University of Central Missouri has a parent agreement as well as a student agreement. University of Missouri-St. Louis has an agreement as well. UMSL relies on a parent education series. UMSL also asks students to use the same language and has an alumni parent mentor new parents. Chase asked about audit vs. credit-bearing courses. The responses indicate that this is a tricky issue for many institutions. Some institutions do not allow program participants to take courses for-credit. Some institutions have figured out a work-around so that selected students can take some courses for credit. For more information on the work around see Missouri State University, University of Missouri-St. Louis and University of Central Missouri.
These are the notes from the MIPSA Spring 2019 meeting in Columbus, Ohio