National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes


Aimed to increase the number of deaf individuals who are admitted to, persist in, and complete postsecondary education or training - without requiring remedial coursework. Other goals included improving collaborations between community organizations, institutions, and state-level agencies; increasing institutional capacity to implement evidence-based practices and strategies; increasing knowledge on how to use technology to promote access and provide accommodations; and disseminating lessons learned.

The center provided professional development opportunities, intensive training, live chat support, dissemination of promising models, and community engagement activities. It supported the mobilization of local resources, as well as national task forces and state collaboratives. Further, it produced national data reports and supported research-to-practice activities.

University of Texas at Austin and the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk led the center and NCEO led the Assessment Task Force and the State Education Agency Task Force. Martha Thurlow was the project director and contact person at NCEO.

Martha L Thurlow
Martha L Thurlow
Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education
University of Texas at Austin
Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk


Chris Rogers :: Research Fellow

Kristin K Liu PhD :: Director, TIES Center

Martha L Thurlow :: Senior Research Associate

Linda Goldstone :: Research Associate

Sheryl Lazarus :: Director, National Center on Educational Outcomes


  • Specific life stage
    • Adolescents and young adults
  • Employment and postsecondary education
    • Preparing for postsecondary education
    • Postsecondary education
  • Educational accountability and assessment
    • Deaf/Hearing Impairments


  • Training and professional development