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Students who are deaf or hard of hearing can struggle even in rooms with the best acoustics. Here are four ways Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, home of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, helps deaf and hard of hearing students access lectures and class discussions.

Sound advice: Do not let acoustic problems linger, recognize that smart classrooms have different acoustic needs, ensure acoustics is considered from the start and be proactive.

Abbie Goldberg, a professor of psychology at Clark University, studied the growing population of transgender and gender-nonconforming students across the U.S.

Abbie Goldberg, a professor of psychology at Clark University, studied the growing population of transgender and gender-nonconforming students across the U.S. While some institutions promote trans-inclusive policies and practices, others have not kept pace.

Colleges and universities are providing at-risk students—including those with children or those who are homeless or in foster care—with more than just higher ed access and employment, they are providing training that makes a long-term difference.

As driverless shuttles and ride-sharing become more widespread, consider these five strategies for integrating them with other campus transportation options.

What are the biggest challenges colleges and universities face when it comes to moving students around campus and to destinations in the surrounding community?

Operating shuttles without drivers and adding ride-share traffic on campuses raises questions about pedestrians. Here are three safety protection actions to take:

1. Reach out for resources.

With no sidewalks on the road leading from the campus of Garrett College in McHenry, Maryland, into town, students must walk along the edge of the state-maintained road.

At some colleges, students are playing an important role in developing high-tech transportation tools, including driverless shuttles. These four institutions provide hands-on experience in the transportation technology of the future.

Stanford University:

The Center for Automotive Research at Stanford has been including students in autonomous vehicle research since its 2008 launch. As part of a recent project, engineering students tested an algorithm to help driverless vehicles avoid obstacles.

Although Hurricane Irma halted progress, the new 63,000-square-foot library opened just a month behind schedule. It now provides students with space for using technology and overseeing building projects.

A ban lifted against Florida campus voting centers allows students, community members and others to mobilize toward the creation of these sites and reflects a push for student voting nationwide.

Changing legislation is accompanied by growing interest in the convenience of voting on campus.

Some colleges and universities approach campus construction sites as living laboratories—setting up instruction opportunities for students.

Scott Cowen, former president of Tulane University in New Orleans, is the author of Winnebagos on Wednesday: How Visionary Leadership Can Transform Higher Education (Princeton University Press, 2018).

In Winnebagos on Wednesday: How Visionary Leadership Can Transform Higher Education, Scott Cowen shows how today’s university is evolving, and how to avoid losing sight of institutional strengths and values.

Colleges and universities are getting students involved in on-campus construction projects, using sites as learning labs.

Colleges and universities are getting students involved in on-campus construction projects, using sites as learning labs.


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Theresa Sullivan Barger is a Connecticut-based writer.

Here are 13 strategies to consider when setting up instruction opportunities.

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