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ERIC Number: EJ919999
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-14
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Speedy Recovery
Feintuch, Howard
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v27 n18 p18-19 Oct 2010
Of the 11 Black students of both genders who entered Gallaudet University in 2000, just one graduated by 2006. That 9 percent graduation rate was just one indicator that all was not well at the university. In a fall 2007 survey, Gallaudet's atmosphere was described as "unwelcoming." In the spring of 2008, Gallaudet University started its "Keeping the Promise: Educating Black Deaf Males" (KTP-B) program with the goal to graduate more Black deaf male students. The Keeping the Promise initiative is a comprehensive retention program that addresses the academic and social barriers faced by students of color, housed in the Office of Diversity and Equity that also opened that year. At the end of the 2008-09 academic year, six KTP-B members graduated and found gainful employment. Not counting the graduates, 76 percent of Black deaf males who started the school year in KTP-B stayed through the academic year. Leaders attribute that high retention rate to KTP-B's social, cultural and educational activities. The program allows Black males to develop social circles to engage their interests and form study groups to address academic challenges.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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