It seems that Gallaudet University has been on a roll. With rising student enrollment and the visible efforts of its new President Bobbi Cordano toward growing an inclusive campus, also comes the naming of Gallaudet’s provost, Dr. Carol Erting, for participation in a Digital Fellows Program supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Digital Fellows Program, hosted by the Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO), has a focus on increasing retention and graduation rates of undergraduate students who are more at risk - such as those in financial needs and of unequal privilege.
The program would delve into digital curricular materials, allowing a cohort of provosts and chief academic officers from 32 separate universities to work together toward better digital curriculum and pedagogies focusing on those at-risk students.
Dr. Erting’s involvement would bring to the ACAO Fellows Program a critical element: the needs of Deaf and hard-of-hearing students, especially People Of Color students, international students, and other at-risk groups that make up the Gallaudet University student body.
The Fellows Program is a year long, and aims to result in a public archive of resources for digital learning. Gallaudet University is not the only entity poised to gain from this development; Deaf education as a whole would also benefit as well.