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University For Deaf People Put On Probation

June 30, 2007

By Eva Vucci, AP

Gallaudet University students protested a president-elect In October 2006 they said lacked leadership skills. The nation’s only liberal arts university for the deaf has been put on probation by its accrediting agency, signaling the campus continues to face problems months after protests last year shut down the school for days.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s only liberal arts university for the deaf has been put on probation by its accrediting agency, signaling the campus continues to face problems months after protests last year shut down the school for days.

Gallaudet University’s accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education had been delayed for months, but the school was formally put on probation Friday.

“We wanted to avoid that label,” university President Robert Davila said. “But we may look back on all this … as a blessing in disguise. It gives us an opportunity to change, and change is good.”

Gallaudet remains accredited but faces a November 2008 deadline to prove it’s in compliance with accrediting standards for leadership, integrity and student retention, among others.

The university, long considered a center of deaf culture, has struggled to maintain its enrollment as more deaf children choose mainstream schools or get implants that allow them to hear.

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Gallaudet’s enrollment has also dropped since months of bitter protests last year over appointment of a president that students thought lacked sufficient leadership skills. The appointment was revoked.

Stephen Weiner, who starts Monday as provost of the school, said enrollment was bound to drop because higher admissions standards have been adopted to increase academic rigor. Davila said he hopes the probation will not hurt enrollment any further.

“No school wants to go on probation,” said Terry Hartle, of the American Council on Education. “But they will deal with it very quickly, I suspect.”

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  1. Maximilian
    July 1, 2007 at 4:47 am

    It is difficult to find information about any other deaf universities (for example a science school instead of liberal arts). Is Gallaudet the only university exclusively for the Deaf?

  2. College Bum
    July 1, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Maximilian,

    There are a few ones across America. Depend on what kind of science you are speaking of. I am not sure how many but I know a few of them so you can check it out if you are interested….

    NTID is the world’s largest technical college for deaf students. It is one of 8 colleges of Rochester Institute for Technology in Rochester, NY. http://www.ntid.rit.edu/

    California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is one of only three institutions in the nation that offers Deaf Studies http://www.csun.edu/catalog/DEAF.pdf

    South West Colleiage Institute for the Deaf (SWCID)if you live in the big state of Texas and your deaf or hard of hearing teen is not quite ready for a four-year college, you might want to consider a community college program for the deaf in Big Spring, Texas. SWCID, the Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf, part of Howard College, is the only community college program only for deaf/hoh students.

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