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Research-to-Practice Bridge Event

Supporting College Enrollment and Completion for Students With Disabilities

Join REL Southwest for a free webinar on the importance of targeted services to support students with disabilities in their transition to and success in postsecondary education.

In this interactive webinar, Trey Miller, PhD, REL Southwest researcher and director of the Texas Schools Project at the University of Texas Dallas, will share the results of a new REL Southwest study, College Enrollment and Completion Among High School Graduates With Disabilities. Afterward, Tessie Bailey, PhD, director of the PROGRESS Center at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), will present supports that students with disabilities need to transition to and succeed at four-year universities and other postsecondary institutions. The webinar will also feature a panel discussion with directors from programs designed to support students with disabilities at four-year universities, including Aggie ACHIEVE at Texas A&M University, Sooner Works at University of Oklahoma, and EMPOWER at University of Arkansas.

Participants can expect to:

  • Gain an understanding of and plan to apply the findings from the REL Southwest report to help improve the adequacy of outreach and services to students with disabilities.
  • Gain an understanding of the importance of designing targeted programs and services to support college enrollment and completion among students with disabilities.
  • Hear about examples of programs at four-year universities designed to support students with disabilities and how these programs are responding to challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Trey Miller, PhD, Researcher, REL Southwest; Director of the Texas Schools Project at University of Texas Dallas
  • Tessie Bailey, PhD, Director, PROGRESS Center at AIR
  • Olivia Hester, PhD, Program Director, Aggie ACHIEVE at Texas A&M University
  • Mindy Lingo, PhD, BCBA, Assistant Director, Sooner Works Program at University of Oklahoma
  • Ashley Bradley, MS, Director, EMPOWER Program at University of Arkansas


  • Lacy Wood, Principal Technical Assistance Consultant, REL Southwest
  • Katelyn Lee, Technical Assistance Consultant, AIR

Who will benefit: Researchers, professors, special education administrators, offices from postsecondary institutions, and postsecondary-serving state agencies, as well as principals, instructional coaches, teachers, district superintendents, state education staff, and others interested in this topic

Lacy Wood