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Since direct communication is the most effective way of providing advisement to students, NCOD advisors work closely with deaf and hard of hearing students using mostly sign language communication. Advisement is focused mainly on university policies and procedures and lower division, General Education requirements. To make sure that NCOD students are getting accurate information, NCOD advisors liaison with several university offices, particularly the Advising Resource Center and the Office of Undergraduate Studies. They also provide workshops and/or classes to new deaf and hard of hearing students that explain clearly calculation of academic status and ways to improve study habits and time management. This direct, frequent advisement leads students to more appropriate enrollment and earlier graduation.
Direct Communication Classes
To allow for more direct communication in selected classes, NCOD collaborates with various academic departments to offer courses with professors who are fluent in sign language. In addition to developmental English and mathematics, courses in Freshman Composition, Introduction to Literature, Intermediate Expository, and Communication Studies are offered. Other courses in, Deaf Education and Deaf Studies, are offered periodically.