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ERIC Number: EJ793843
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0002-726X
Relating Deaf Students' Reading and Language Scores at College Entry to Their Degree Completion Rates
Cuculick, Jessica Anne; Kelly, Ronald R.
American Annals of the Deaf, v148 n4 p279-286 Fall 2003
Graduation patterns were examined for 905 deaf students (1990-1998) at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Students with higher reading and language skills had the best overall graduation percentage. Comparison of recipients of different degrees--bachelor of science (BS) versus fine arts (BFA); associate of applied science (AAS) versus occupational studies (AOS)--showed 92% of BS and 82% of AAS graduates reading at the 9th-grade level or above, versus 65% of BFA and 47% of AOS graduates. Interestingly, 80% of non-degree-earning students read at the 9th-12th grade levels; in absolute terms, they outnumbered graduates with similar reading skills in the AAS and BFA programs combined, and in the BS program. This indicates a need for improved counseling, placement, and retention strategies. Students performed similarly across degree categories, regardless of curriculum requirements and difficulty. Only non-degree-earning students had significantly lower grade averages. (Contains 5 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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