Academic Programs

Direct communication is the most effective way of providing academic services to students.

Academic advisement

The National Center on Deafness (NCOD) advisors work closely with deaf and hard-of-hearing students using mostly sign language communication. Students can meet with an advisor to learn about university procedures or general education requirements. Advisors provide workshops to new deaf and hard-of-hearing students that explain the calculation of academic status, ways to improve study habits and time management. This direct, frequent advisement leads students to more appropriate enrollment and earlier graduation.

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The NCOD's well-educated tutors can help enhance your success in the classroom. From English to biology, many of our tutors teach the subject in which they major. Most of them are deaf or hard of hearing and they all know sign language. Tutoring can be of enormous benefit in sharpening study skills, identifying problem areas, gaining greater mastery of subject materials and developing greater confidence in your ability to excel in class. For more information, please refer to the guides for our tutoring expectations and no-show policy. If you have any additional questions, contact Aileen Rolon.

Direct communication classes

To allow for more direct communication in selected classes, the NCOD collaborates with various academic departments to offer courses with professors who are fluent in sign language. Courses in developmental English, mathematics, freshman composition, introduction to literature, intermediate expository, communication studies, deaf studies and deaf education are offered.

For more details about course offerings, contact one of the student personnel specialists, Aileen Rolon or Robert Sidansky.