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:Deaf Students at the University of Illinois
Contributor(s):Rees, Kara; Wichmann, Alyssa
Spring 2010
RHET 105
Abstract:Acclimating to college life is a difficult process and I wanted to find out how well deaf and hard of hearing students acclimate to the University of Illinois. I interviewed three different people who are involved with the deaf and hard of hearing at the University. After evaluating their responses, they all agreed saying that students acclimate well to the University and have no trouble succeeding. Even though there are challenges for the deaf and hard of hearing, the accommodations provided by the University, such as interpreters, closed captioning, note takers, and special software package keyboards, allow the students to acclimate well. I concluded that the University of Illinois is a great school to attend because of the faculty and accommodations provided for the deaf and hard of hearing. Deaf and hard of hearing students do not have a problem acclimating to the University of Illinois.
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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