Building on a statewide planning session in January 2017, UNH, in partnership with local education and state agencies, has plans underway to offer a 2- and 4-year day and/or residential Community Transition Program on the Durham campus. A CTP Program is a federally recognized program (Higher Education Opportunities Act of 2008) at a higher education institution that offers inclusive education for individuals with ID that leads to credential attainment. According to the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE), a CTP is a degree, certificate, or non-degree program offered by a college, university or career school that is approved by the USDOE to support students with ID who want to continue academic, career and independent living instruction for gainful employment.
The program, tentatively named UNH-4U, has the support of the UNH Academic Provost and numerous departments on campus. This includes, but is not limited to Financial Aid, Housing, Residential Life, Student Accessibility Services, Campus Recreation, and numerous academic departments, the Office of Minority Study Affairs, and the Office of Community, Equity and Diversity.