NCEO is pleased to partner with the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) to establish a national center on postsecondary outcomes for deaf individuals. The University of Texas and MCPER are the lead organizations for the new center, which launched on January 1, 2017. It is supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.
A primary goal of the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes is to increase the numbers of deaf individuals who are admitted to, without requiring remedial coursework, persist in, and complete postsecondary education or training. 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.
NCEO will serve as the Task Force lead for the Assessment Task Force and the State Education Agency Task Force during the five-year project. The link to the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes is http://www.meadowscenter.org/projects/detail/national-deaf-center-on-postsecondary-outcomes.