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History of Aggies Elevated

he first cohort graduated from the Aggies Elevated program in May, 2016.Aggies Elevated at Utah State University believes that all individuals, regardless of ability, have the right to meaningful employment, lifelong learning, self-determination and full community inclusion.

Aggies Elevated is an inclusive on-campus college experience for young adults with intellectual disabilities. It is one of the few programs in Utah and the Intermountain Region to be inclusive and offer residential living. The program launched in August 2014 as a privately funded pilot program serving 7 students on the main campus of Utah State University in Logan.

In October 2015, Aggies Elevated received a 5-year, $1.1 million TPSID (Transition and Post-secondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities) grant from the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, to expand our capacity to 18 students.

Students are selected for the program following a rigorous application and interview process that begins each January for the fall semester. Each student’s progress in academics, independent living and social skills, and overall adjustment to college is continually evaluated during the first two semesters to determine if he or she will be invited back to complete the final three semesters of the program.


Aggies Elevated at Utah State University offers a two-year Certificate of Integrated College & Community Studies. For some Aggie Elevated students, this two-year program may be their only college experience. For others, it is merely a starting point, a place to gain the skills necessary to go on to an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.


Aggies Elevated relies on the generosity of private donors for much of its operating budget. Student scholarships are also funded by private donors. If you are interested in providing financial support for Aggies Elevated, please contact Lance Beckert, Senior Director of Development for the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services by phone at 435-797-1611 or via e-mail at


Utilizing the MyCLIMB (My Career Ladder to Independence, Maturity & Balance) person-centered planning model, Aggies Elevated students, along with invited family members and/or other stakeholders, will chart their own paths toward independence.



Dr. Robert Morgan, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Dr. Jeff Sheen, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator
Independent Living Success Coordinator



Aggies Elevated is a program of the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services’ Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation at Utah State University.

The program is physically housed in the Janet Quinney Lawson building in the heart of the USU campus community.

If you have questions about the program itself, please call 435-797-0688 or e-mail Due to the large volume of inquiries we receive, immediate callbacks are not always possible. Please allow 10 business days for a response.