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A Transition Community for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in Engineering Programs

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Creating Equity Through Structure and Pedagogy

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Diversity and ASEE Diversity Committee

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Raja S. Kushalnagar Gallaudet University Orcid 16x16

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Gary W Behm Rochester Institute of Technology (CET)

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Deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) students are underrepresented and less successful compared to their hearing counterparts in Engineering programs, as they tend to have less academic readiness. They also generally have lower ACT scores and lower content knowledge for introductory courses. DHH students face difficult adjustments in handling the demands and expectations of college level classes and specifically introductory mathematics courses. As a result, without appropriate support, most DHH students fail to succeed in introductory mathematics courses in their first year. For this group of underprepared students, a transitional community and transitional engineering course has been shown to significantly improve their academic success. This paper describes 1) how the establishment of a community of peers with an appropriate academic support structure improves graduation persistence, 2) how a transition engineering program with an appropriate support structure improves success in succeeding in engineering and 3) resources available for instructors who have DHH students in the classroom.

Kushalnagar, R. S., & Behm, G. W. (2018, June), A Transition Community for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in Engineering Programs Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29742

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