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Bisons Excelling and Succeeding Together (BEST)

Bisons Excelling and Succeeding Together (BEST)

Bisons Excelling and Succeeding Together (BEST), expands on the current ACCESS services and is modeled after the highly successful IDEAL program. The program provides services for students with disabilities who need more one-on-one or small group support. There is an additional fee for the BEST program.

Admission Process

BEST is an option for degree-seeking students with disabilities who have been accepted to Lipscomb University. Once you are accepted, you may apply to be a part of the BEST program. Applications should be received by May 1 of the year you are beginning college. Once the application is submitted, you will receive an email requesting documentation of your disability and any educational documents that might be helpful (i.e., IEP, testing, etc.). Once the documentation is reviewed, the student will be invited for an interview.

For an application or for more information about BEST, email Paige Reece, Director, at paige.reece [at]">paige.reece [at]


The BEST program will include individualized services based on the student’s person-centered plan. The plan will include goals for academics, employment and independence and will allow the staff and student to have targets to work towards during the student’s time in college. 

Services may include: 

  • Weekly peer mentoring for study time, planning and organizing, and social development
  • Structured academic support through peer tutoring/study time (2-3 times per week)
  • Structured social skills intervention through group and/or 1:1 sessions based on needs
  • Structured independent living supports (e.g., visuals, checklists, 1:1 training)
  • Other supports as identified by the student, family and director