Graduate project

An analysis of the efficacy of the 1985 National Center on Deafness summer program : results and implications

Progression from high school to postsecondary education involves an orientation in some shape or form. This is true for deaf students equally as much as for their hearing peers. Frequently, such orientations do not wholly meet the needs of deaf students and quite possibly, these needs must be reviewed and appropriate programs established. The purpose of this study was to examine the 1985 National Canter on Deafness (NCOD) Summer Program and analyze its efficacy and, in turn, respond to the findings with recommendations and implications. The population included 27 deaf students who participated in the 1985 NCOD Summer Program and a random sampling of 27 new deaf students enrolled in the 1984 fall semester at CSUN. Pre-college enrollment data was collected as well as information regarding course load and grade point averages. Statistical analyses included a Pearson product moment correlation analysis and a series of Student�s t-tests. The conclusions drawn from this study suggest that while no significant differences appeared in the pre-college measures of the two groups involved, the fall 1984 population performed somewhat better, especially second semester, than did the 1985 group. This difference did not manifest itself in the first year cumulative GPA however. Recommendations include the continuation and evaluation of college and university orientation programs designed to meet deaf students ' needs, a look at variables not connected with the statistical findings nor measured by computers, and dissemination of information related to the importance of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the college GPA.