Graduate project

Prediction of success of hearing impaired students on the vocational college level

The ability to predict the success of deaf and hearing impaired vocational college students is most important to those working with these special students. The purpose of this study was to determine whether one or a combination of predictors, including high school GPA, Stanford Achievement Test and IQ performance scores are accurate predictors of a hearing impaired person�s success in a vocational college. Success was defined as the completion of a program and receiving a certificate of A.A. degree. The subjects were 98 vocational college students who attended the Waubonsee Community College Hearing Impaired program in Illinois from 1977 to 1982. The information was gathered from the students WCC files and the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services files. None of the predictors studied were found to be accurate predictors of success in vocational college programs for hearing impaired students.