Deaf Education:

The National Mission of Gallaudet's Elementary and Secondary Schools

HRD-87-133: Published: Sep 30, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1987.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Gallaudet University's precollege programs' national mission activities, focusing on: (1) the kinds of activities that make up the national mission; (2) the amount Gallaudet spends on national mission activities; (3) the effectiveness of research results dissemination; and (4) recommendations for improvement.

GAO found that: (1) Gallaudet operates two precollege schools, the Model Secondary School and the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School; (2) Gallaudet estimated that it spent about 46 percent of its precollege budget for fiscal year 1986 on the national mission; (3) Gallaudet could not account for individual project costs and lacked written policies and procedures for approving and monitoring projects; (4) research and project development results did not reach as many hearing-impaired students as they might have; (5) precollege training and technical assistance have focused on residential schools, although they now include more public schools; and (6) about 90 percent of the recipients of training and technical assistance were highly satisfied with its quality.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: GAO has no information on the actions taken by the agency.

    Recommendation: The President of Gallaudet University should reevaluate the overall precollege marketing strategy, in order to determine how its products can be made available to more of the hearing-impaired population.

    Agency Affected: Gallaudet University

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: GAO has no information on the actions taken by the agency.

    Recommendation: The President of Gallaudet University should reflect more accurately Gallaudet's research costs by accounting for costs by individual projects.

    Agency Affected: Gallaudet University

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: GAO has no information on the actions taken by the agency.

    Recommendation: The President of Gallaudet University should develop written policies and procedures for approving and monitoring research projects dealing with the pre-college population.

    Agency Affected: Gallaudet University

  4. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: GAO has no information on the actions taken by the agency.

    Recommendation: The President of Gallaudet University should establish a system to account for expenditures according to the precollege programs' major functions--school operations or national mission.

    Agency Affected: Gallaudet University

 

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