National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes

Aims 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 include 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 will provide professional development opportunities, intensive training, live chat support, dissemination of promising models, and community engagement activities. It will support the mobilization of local resources, as well as national task forces and state collaboratives. Further, it will produce national data reports and support research-to-practice activities.

University of Texas at Austin and the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk are the lead organizations for the new center and NCEO will serve as the Task Force lead for the Assessment Task Force and the State Education Agency Task Force. Martha Thurlow is the project director and contact person at NCEO.