The program strives to provide and support the types of educational opportunities, environment, and activities that lead to student success in the program. To this end, the program:
- Provides quality instruction in ASL, Deaf studies, and ASL/English interpretation to students from diverse backgrounds;
- Creates a rich, multicultural learning environment by providing classroom instruction based on a functional, spiral learning model, and by providing opportunities for experiential and self-directed learning through community involvement;
- Structures teaching and evaluation methods that recognize individual differences in learning styles of students;
- Supports policies, procedures, and initiatives that focus on diversity, particularly in regard to recruitment and retention of students from diverse racial, ethnic, or cultural backgrounds;
- Promotes student involvement at the University and within the interpreting and Deaf communities;
- Responds to present and future trends including changing populations and diversity, changing employment trends and options, and the growth and application of advanced technology; and
- Expands awareness of career opportunities in the interpreting profession at the state, regional and national level.