Note: This is a student project from a course affiliated with the Ethnography of the University Initiative. EUI supports faculty development of courses in which students conduct original research on their university, and encourages students to think about colleges and universities in relation to their communities and within larger national and global contexts.

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Title:Sign Language at the University Level
Author(s):Wichmann, Alyssa
Contributor(s):JFRHET105; Rees, Kara
Subject(s):sign language
Spring 2010
RHET 105
Abstract:The issue I explored was how a deaf student decides where to go to school, how the University of Illinois accommodates for deaf or hard of hearing students, and whether or not those students could succeed at the University of Illinois. In order to find this out, I interviewed three people who are, in one way or another, associated with the deaf community at the university. I found that the university will make all the accommodations a student needs in order to succeed, and that a deaf or hard of hearing student can most definitely succeed.
Issue Date:2010
Course / Semester:Rhetoric 105 was designed to help students develop their reading, writing, and research skills and lay a foundation for the rest of their University career. This course gave students practice in: critically reading and analyzing texts, forming arguments, gathering and evaluating research, synthesizing multiple sources, conducting qualitative research, and composing (inventing, drafting, revising). This section of Rhet. 105 was centered on the theme of “Race and the University.” Our course was part of UIUC’s Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI)—a cross-campus initiative that supports undergraduate research about the university experience and encourages the archiving of this research. The assignments and discussions asked students to explore their own experience as a UIUC student and consider issues of race in higher education. Students conducted their own qualitative research through observations, interviews, and surveys.
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-05-21

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  • Diversity on Campus/Equity and Access
    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.

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