Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI)

MAICIE

The Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI) program at University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB) offers inclusive higher education opportunities to partnering school districts that support high school students with intellectual disabilities, ages 18–21. Students can increase their academic, social, and career outcomes by sharing the same experiences as their college peers and enrolling in undergraduate courses as non-degree-seeking students.

Virtual Information Sessions

We encourage all interested students, families, and school districts to attend a virtual Information session with Ashley Luce, the UMass Boston MAICEI program coordinator, to learn more about the MAICEI program.

During these virtual sessions, we will share a comprehensive overview of college-based transition services and the MAICEI program. Current students and peer mentors will host an informative panel where they share their experiences and answer questions from the audience.

Sign up for a virtual session:
January 10, 2022 

Application Process:

Students may apply for fall or spring enrollment. The application requires student and district transition staff signatures.

All students who apply must participate in an interview with the MAICEI program coordinator before acceptance. Once accepted, the student will meet with their program coordinator to complete a person-centered plan and develop a course wish list. Then, students can meet with disability services to complete an accommodation plan and register for classes.

Application Deadline:

Fall 2022: February 18, 2022

Send applications by email to: Ashley.luce@umb.edu


FAQs

The state-funded Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI) supports partnerships between local school districts and two- and four-year public colleges and universities in Massachusetts. “Concurrent enrollment” means that participating students are still eligible for special education services, even though they have finished four years of high school. Students who are enrolled in a MAICEI program receive special education transition services at the same time through their school district.

Evidence shows that students benefit academically and transition to young adulthood more independently when they can engage in the array of academic, social, and career development activities that are typical for all college students on campus, rather than remain in high school for transition services.

Students participating in MAICEI are fully included in the campus community. They can focus on career planning and employment, self-advocacy, and other self-determination skills that support their post-secondary interests and activities.

For example, students participate in:

  • inclusive college courses that support their personal, academic, and career goals
  • social activities on campus, including student organizations and other extracurricular activities
  • person-centered planning
  • paid work and internships
  • independent travel

Students participating in MAICEI quickly establish new social networks, join campus-wide events, learn to use public transportation to and from campus, acquire academic knowledge and skills, and build strategies to find competitive employment. 

MAICEI programs are for students with intellectual disabilities who:

  • are 18 to 21 years of age, have not passed the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exam, and are eligible for special education services documented through an Individualized Education Program (IEP); or
  • are 20 to 21 years of age, have passed MCAS, but are still eligible for special education services through an IEP because of significant functional disabilities and/or transition needs.

Are you a student or family member interested in the UMass Boston MAICEI program? Contact your school district’s transition coordinator to begin the conversation about college-based transition services.

This timeline is for teachers, families, and students preparing to enroll in the MAICEI program at UMass Boston. It includes tasks for all members of the transition team to consider, from recruitment through new student orientation.

MAICEI programs offer important learning experiences for students with intellectual disabilities. MAICEI programs have also made college and university communities more inclusive. They have strengthened person-centered policies and practices for everyone involved in the transition experience, including students, family members, school personnel, and adult service providers. 

Is your school district interested in joining the UMass Boston MAICEI partnership? Please contact the program coordinator, Ashley Luce ,to set up a meeting or join a virtual information session !

First, schools must sign a memorandum of agreement with UMass Boston. Then, districts can refer students who meet the eligibility criteria. District transition staff support students and their families with completing the UMass Boston MAICEI application.

Boston Collegiate, Malden, Somerville, and Winthrop school districts are currently partnering with UMass Boston for the MAICEI program.


Partnership Leadership Team 

The Partnership Leadership Team is composed of representatives from partnering school districts, key personnel from the college administration and teaching faculty, college alumni, representatives from the Department of Developmental Services, parent representatives, and the MAICEI program director and coordinator. The Partnership Leadership Team meets six times a year and plays a key role in the implementation and oversight of the initiative.

Additional MAICEI Resources:

For Students 

 

For Educational Coaches & Peer Mentors

For Transition Staff

 

For more information about CBTS, check out the Think College Resource Library

For Peer Mentors

Are you interested in becoming a peer mentor?
Students enrolled in the MAICEI program at UMass Boston are paired with peer mentors. Peer mentors are current, full-time undergraduate students at UMass Boston. Peer mentors support students to navigate college life by promoting friendship development, exploring the campus together, and encouraging involvement in UMass Boston clubs and activities.

UMass Boston peer mentors:

  • serve as role models who work 1:1 with students enrolled in the MAICEI program
  • support the development of social networks and friendships
  • model appropriate social skills
  • attend campus activities with students
  • encourage students to develop independent living skills

Contact Information:

For questions, contact Ashley Luce, MAICEI Program Coordinator:

Institute for Community Inclusion
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
(617) 297- 6797