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Student Success Programs for Undergraduate Students

See also Undergraduate Orientation

The goal of Student Success programs is to retain students by providing opportunities and guidance for students to engage as contributing members of Gallaudet University and to learn the academic and social skills necessary to succeed in a diverse university community and a global society. The Student Success program promotes student success and retention by providing targeted students with intentional academic and social support services designed to help them achieve their goal of graduating from Gallaudet University. Student Success begins in the summer with our JumpStart program and continues into the Fall and Spring with the Academic Success program. Students receive tutoring and support to develop and improve their academic success strategies and/or bilingual language skills.

Student Success supports the university's learning outcomes and bilingual mission by increasing the retention of students through:

  • Identifying students in need of additional academic or social support
  • Providing initial instructional experiences to bolster requisite academic skills
  • Providing intense academic preparation for college aligned with the General Studies learning outcomes
  • Providing American Sign Language instruction, deaf culture awareness, and deaf history to emerging signers
  • Orienting families of new students to the requirements and expectations of undergraduate life;
  • Providing individual and peer mentoring to students during their first year of college.

JumpStart: Academic Success and American Sign Language

The JumpStart program is a five-week summer program for deaf and hard of hearing freshmen and transfer students. The program is intentionally designed to help students develop a solid academic and social foundation before the fall semester begins.

JumpStart outcomes:
(Adapted from National Association for Developmental Education)

  • To develop in each learner the skills and attitudes necessary for the attainment of academic, career and life goals
  • To ensure proper placement by assessing each learner's level of preparedness for college coursework
  • To maintain academic standards by enabling learners to acquire competencies needed for success in a bilingual university

The program offers two tracks: Academic Success and American Sign Language.

Academic Success (AS)

Jumpstart: Academic Success is a program for freshmen and transfer students admitted to Gallaudet University through the Admissions Review Committee (ARC). Students, who have been accepted through ARC, will be notified in a letter from the Office of Admissions if they are required to participate in the program which provides intensive instruction in college writing, reading, mathematics, and study skills necessary for college success.

In addition to receiving academic instruction, students in the JumpStart: Academic Success Program take the English and Math Placement Tests as well as a variety of learning style and career interest tests; receive individual academic advising including information about their own academic strengths and weaknesses; learn about university resources; and meet faculty and staff members.

Students also participate in recreational activities, it will be an adventure-based outdoor program focusing on developing teamwork as well as decision-making and conflict resolution skills.

American Sign Language (ASL)

JumpStart: American Sign Language offers freshmen and transfer students a five-week immersion program in American Sign Language. The ASL program aims to teach new students basic signing skills prior to the start of the fall semester to ensure their transition into the bilingual learning environment of Gallaudet University. During the ASL program, new students attend concentrated instruction in sign classes that provide information about Gallaudet's history and traditions, Deaf awareness, Deaf culture, the history of the education of Deaf people, and related topics.

In addition to sign classes, students participate in recreational activities, it will be an adventure-based outdoor activities program that focuses on developing teamwork, decision-making, and conflict resolution skills.

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