Once again, students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the final meeting to participate in discussions to establish research priorities.
Goal E of the Gallaudet Strategic Plan reads: "Establish Gallaudet as the epicenter of research, development, and outreach leading to advancements in knowledge and practice for deaf and hard of hearing people and all humanity."
In order to achieve this goal, we have begun a research priority-setting process that will take place over the next several months. The process will be conducted in accordance with the stipulations of the Education of the Deaf Act, which reads as follows: "Gallaudet University and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf shall each establish and disseminate priorities for their national mission with respect to deafness-related research, development, and demonstration activities, that reflect public input, through a process that includes consumers, constituent groups, and the heads of other federally funded programs. The priorities for the University shall include activities conducted as part of the University's elementary and secondary education programs under section 4304 of this title."
Strategy E.1.1 of the Gallaudet Strategic Plan calls for the formulation of "...no more than five integrated research priorities by assessing compelling needs as well as current and potential strengths in fields such as visual language and learning; hearing enhancement; linguistic and communication access; genetics; and ASL/English bilingualism." Currently, Gallaudet has 13 research priorities, approved in 2007. These priorities can be found at www.gallaudet.edu/gallaudet_research_institute/gallaudet_research_priorities.html.
Guidance from Gallaudet's Board of Trustees indicates that an "integrated research priority" is one that requires center-based research activities with diverse sources of external funding.
We have held a series of meetings to set research priorities. The first was on October 15, the second was on November 7, this is the third and final meeting.
Interpreting and CART services will be provided, and we will accommodate additional access needs upon advance request.