PULLMAN, Wash. — High school students with disabilities who will enter college as freshmen this fall are invited to a six-week summer institute designed to help with their transition into Washington State University and other universities or colleges.
The Blethen Summer Institute at WSU includes a three-credit WSU general education humanities course, a one-credit study skills course, campus tours, computer training and time management seminars. Participants will also attend WSU’s Alive! summer orientation program and live in residence halls.
“This gives students with disabilities an opportunity to experience college life and learn the ropes,” said Marshall Mitchell, director of the WSU Disability Resource Center. “A successful transition for all college-bound high school students requires that they adjust to new freedoms and responsibilities, know how to get the help they need and learn strategies to meet the increased academic demands of college. WSU encourages students with disabilities, and this is one way we can help these students with their adjustment.”
The institute is sponsored by Frank Blethen, publisher and chief executive of The Seattle Times. Mitchell notes that there are no charges to institute participants for computer training and time management seminars. Institute participants will pay $1,314 for four credits and room and board, tuition and textbooks. They will also pay $125 for their participation in the Alive! summer orientation program. Blethen underwrites other costs of the institute.
For more information, contact WSU’s Disability Resource Center at