Fast Facts 2015


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      Gallaudet University, the world's only university with programs and services specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students, was established in 1864 by an Act of Congress, and its charter was signed by President Abraham Lincoln.

          President's Cabinet:

          Roberta "Bobbi" CordanoRoberta J. Cordano, J.D.
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          Carol ErtingDr. Carol Erting
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          Nicole SutliffeNicole Sutliffe
          Interim Vice President, Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
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          Paul JulinPaul Julin
          Vice President, Institutional Advancement
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          Paul KellyPaul Kelly
          Vice President, Administration and Finance
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          Isaac AgboolaDr. Isaac Agboola
          Dean, School of Education, Business and Human Services
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          Dwight BenedictDwight Benedict
          Dean, Student Affairs and Academic Support
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          Genie GertzDr. Genie Gertz
          Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
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          Gaurav MathurDr. Gaurav Mathur
          Dean, Graduate School and Continuing Studies
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          Earl ParksEarl Parks
          Executive Director, Gallaudet Technology Services
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          Fred WeinerFred Weiner
          Assistant Vice President, Administration
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              Board of Trustees:

              The Gallaudet University Board of Trustees, whose members serve on a volunteer basis, has the authority to make University-wide policy including financial and academic policies. The board is also responsible for assuring the proper management of the University and actively participating in the provision of necessary funds. Gallaudet’s trustees have an active role in supporting advancement activities by working with the University administration to set fundraising targets, approve campaign priorities, and contribute to fundraising activities through identification of prospects, monetary or in-kind donations, and service.

              Gallaudet University trustees:

              Chair—Heather Harker
              Vice Chair—Duane Halliburton, '85
              Secretary—Claire Bugen
              Member-at-Large—Dr. Tom Humphries, '68 & G-'72
              Member-at-Large—Lawrence R. Kinney
              Jameson Crane, Jr.
              Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera
              Dr. Charlene Dwyer
              Dr. Harvey Goodstein, '65
              Claudia L. Gordon, Esq.
              Jeffrey L. Humber, Jr.


              Nancy Kelly-Jones, '72
              Dr. Richard Ladner
              James R. Macfadden, '62
              Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, '92, G-'05, & H-'09
              James F.X. Payne
              Tiffany Williams, '89

              Voting trustees public members:

              The Honorable Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
              The Honorable G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.)
              The Honorable Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.)


                  Deaf and hard of hearing undergraduate students can choose from a wide variety of majors leading to a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree. The University also admits a small number of hearing, degree-seeking undergraduate students—up to five percent of an entering class. Undergraduate students have the option of designing their own majors, called “self-directed majors,” in which they select classes from a variety of departments at Gallaudet. All students may take courses offered at 13 other institutions of higher learning that are members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.

                  Graduate programs, open to deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students, include master of arts or master of science degrees, specialist degrees, certificates, and doctoral degrees in a variety of fields involving professional services to deaf and hard of hearing people.

                  Gallaudet University offers exemplary educational programs to deaf and hard of hearing students at all learning levels. The Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) serves infants and their parents and continues service through the eighth grade. The Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) offers programs for students in grades nine through 12. Both of these schools are part of the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center (Clerc Center), which has a federal mandate to develop and disseminate innovative curriculum, materials, and teaching strategies to schools and programs nationwide.

                      University Mission Statement:

                      Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English. Gallaudet maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world.

                          The Vision of Gallaudet is to:

                          • Provide the highest quality liberal and professional education through undergraduate and graduate programs for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students.
                          • Offer a welcoming, supportive, and accessible bilingual educational environment for teaching and learning through direct communication.
                          • Embrace diversity within the University community by respecting and appreciating choices of communication while guiding students through their process of linguistic and cultural self-actualization.
                          • Pursue excellence in research, pedagogy, scholarship, and creative activity.
                          • Lead the advancement of intellectual, social, linguistic, and economic vitality in deaf people through educational, outreach, regional, international, and leadership development programs.
                          • Preserve deaf history and use visual media to promote the recognition that deaf people and their signed languages are vast resources with significant contributions to the cognitive, creative, and cultural dimensions of human diversity.
                          • Position our community to reach its full human potential and assume its role as a progressive global entity committed to civic responsibility and social justice.

                              Enrollment (as of fall 2014):

                              Undergraduate and Graduate enrollments:

                              Undergraduate (degree/non-degree, full- and part-time) 1,031
                              Graduate (degree/non-degree, full- and part-time)   457
                              English Language Institute 84
                              Consortium 7
                              Professional Studies 119
                              University Subtotal 1,698

                              Clerc Center

                              Kendall Demonstration Elementary School 87
                              Model Secondary School for the Deaf  165
                              Clerc Center Subtotal 252
                              TOTAL Fall Academic Year 2011-12 Enrollment 1,950


                              International students comprise eight percent of the degree-seeking student body. The University's undergraduate program also admits a small number of hearing students.


                                  Gallaudet University has more than 21,000 alumni around the world. The Gallaudet University Alumni Association, organized in 1889, has 53 chapters.

                                  According to a survey conducted by the University, 97 percent of the Gallaudet undergraduate student respondents who graduated between December 2011 and August 2012 are either employed or furthering their education. Ninety-eight percent of the survey respondents who graduated with graduate degrees during the same time frame are employed or furthering their education.

                                  During the same period, 76 percent of the MSSD graduates were in advanced education or training programs within one year following graduation.


                                      The University and the Clerc Center have 890 employees, 461 of whom are deaf or hard of hearing. A total of 230 employees are faculty members or teachers.

                                          Annual University Tuition and Room and Board (Academic Year 2014-2015):

                                          Tuition and room and board are charged as follows. Additional charges are applied for student activities and health-related fees. For a full explanation of the details of all charges, refer to the Gallaudet University website.

                                          Undergraduate Graduate
                                          U.S. student tuition $ 14,498 $ 15,956
                                          International student tuition (non-developing countries) $ 28,996 $ 31,912
                                          International student tuition (developing countries) $ 21,747 $ 23,934
                                          Room and Board $ 12,360 $ 12,360

                                          No tuition is charged for students at KDES or MSSD.

                                          Note: These numbers may have been updated since Fast Facts was published. The Finance Office maintains the most up to date fee schedule.


                                              Total revenues and other support for FY 2014 were $174,611,958.


                                                  As of the end of FY 2014, the University’s endowment was approximately $194 million.


                                                      Gallaudet welcomes tax-deductible contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations, and organizations in support of University initiatives and priorities, including scholarships, program enhancements and development, and renovation projects. For more information about philanthropic support for Gallaudet, including opportunities to make a gift in memory or in honor of a loved one, please visit


                                                          Gallaudet University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many of the University’s professional preparation programs are also accredited by their respective nationally recognized, specialized professional association organizations. MSSD and KDES are dually accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Conference of Educational Administrators for Schools and Programs for the Deaf.

                                                              Community Impact:

                                                              Gallaudet is one of the area's largest businesses, with direct salaries, wages, and benefits totaling more than $107.8 million in FY 2014. The University spent another $61.3 million on goods and services and $12.5 million on capital improvements.


                                                                  Gallaudet is a leader in the use of technology in its academic programs and services. Approximately 94 percent of courses at Gallaudet have an online component and virtually all students take at least one course using an online learning system. Such technology integration is double the average of universities nationwide. Many courses make extensive use of video, including video recordings of classes. Students are encouraged to bring a computer to campus, and popular software is available at a discounted price.

                                                                  For students interested in technology careers, majors in graphic arts, digital media, and information technology are available. Students have access to two central computer labs, as well as more than 15 departmental computer labs. Most classrooms are outfitted with computers, projectors, DVD/VCRs, and other technologies. All buildings on campus have wireless network access.


                                                                      Gallaudet has a unique obligation to contribute knowledge and scholarship likely to benefit deaf and hard of hearing people, especially in the areas of education and human services. Accordingly, the Gallaudet Research Institute conducts studies related to demographics and assessment of deaf and hard of hearing people in the educational system, as well as language and learning processes, and engages students in research, while stimulating and supporting work directed towards priorities consistent with Gallaudet's national mission and internal strategic objectives.

                                                                      Research is a key component of Gallaudet's mission as a university. Faculty pursue a full range of research interests related to their own academic disciplines. Major grant support includes research, development, and training programs in visual language and learning, access to communication for deaf and hard of hearing people, genetics, and technology assessment.

                                                                          Public Service:

                                                                          Last year, Gallaudet served tens of thousands of individuals through conferences, leadership institutes, professional studies and extension courses, sign language classes, American Sign Language/English bilingual education, enrichment and youth programs, international programs, and its regional centers:

                                                                          Southeast-Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.
                                                                          Midwest-John A. Logan College, Illinois
                                                                          Northeast-Northern Essex Community College, Massachusetts
                                                                          Pacific-Kapi'olani Community College, Hawaii
                                                                          Southwest-Austin Community College, Riverside Campus, Texas
                                                                          West-Ohlone College, California

                                                                          In fulfilling its national mission role via training and technical assistance, information dissemination, and exhibits and performances, the Clerc Center served approximately 37,500 individuals and disseminated more than 31,000 products and publications last year

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