Saturday, May 24, 2008

Rumors About NTID/RIT In Wing To Take Over Gallaudet University

 Unfounded rumors for months among handful of deaf people about the National Institute of Technology (NTID)/Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in the wing to take over Gallaudet University due to the growing financial difficulty and MSCHE accreditation status.  

  If the Gallaudet University do not meet up to the MSCHE's satisfaction by next November 2008. The U.S. Congress would be not likely to provide any kind of federal funding for Gallaudet University if it lose the MSCHE accreditation status. NTID/RIT is totally ready to take over Gallaudet University. Is that make any real sense? 

  Gallaudet University already face the declining student enrollment rate since Fall 2007. 

  Such speculation among the NTID/RIT alumni and other deaf individuals why Dr. Alan Hurwitz named the "President" of the National Institute of Technology (NTID), instead of the usual title like "Director" among the past NTID directors. RIT already have her own president. 

 Why two Presidents of both "separate" universities on the same campus - NTID/RIT? 

  Necessity to put this rumor to rest or what?  There is already the federal law regarding the dictation of both educational institutions how they spend the federal subsidies nor engage in any commerical directives like real estate, etc. 

   How will be realistic for NTID/RIT buying out Gallaudet University to expand its educational facility? That would be seen as some kind of "mind-boggling" incentive for NTID/RIT to co-operate Gallaudet University. 

  Or another pastime among deaf individuals cropping up the gossip mill about what is going on with the NTID/RIT and Gallaudet University? 

  How interesting about Dr. Alan Hurwitz being the former graduate of the Central Institute of the Deaf (CID) school in St. Louis, Missouri! Dr. Hurwitz is well-known for supporting the American Sign Language (ASL) as a true language. 

ASLize yours,
Robert L. Mason (RLM)


  1. Ha, you're some troublemaker

  2. and his sister-in-law is current principal of CID...

  3. I think that the rumors are totally baseless.

    It is very likely that Gallaudet University will return back to the normal status of accreditation late next month when MSCHE will have its regular meeting. The latest exit report from MSCHE stated that it met all standards. There is no way for Gallaudet University to lose its accreditation given many positive comments in the exit report.

    Joseph Pietro Riolo

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  4. I should emphasize that my previous comment is only my speculation. I don't have any crystal ball to predict the future. I just thought that the rumor is totally contrary to the exit report made by MSCHE.

    Joseph Pietro Riolo

    Public domain notice: I put all of my expressions in this post in the public domain.

  5. This is totally a false rumor and it will NEVER happen. First of all: Gallaudet should be reaccredited in June when MSCHE meets again. MSCHE is very happy with Gallaudet's improvement in reporting after the Jordan/Jane Fernandes organization ignored them and didn't report for years and years. Second, it makes no sense for a school in New York to merge with a DC school. If Gallaudet emrges with anyone, it will be a school in DC or Maryland and a Liberal Arts school, not a technical college.

    Gallaudet and NTID are both great schools and huge assets to the Deaf community. We need both and to start a rumor like this is inapproiate.

  6. Paul,

    Will Hurwitz's sister-in-law change from the oral philosophy
    to the ASL philosophy at CID?

  7. Joseph and everyone here,

    I am in total agreement with you, all that this so-called takeover rumor have been largely unfounded.

    That's what I usually told everyone deaf embedded with such rumors like this one about Gallaudet University already done very well with meeting the MSCHE expectations.

    I really don't want to do this kind of blog posting, but I have to put down fires (rumors) before anything get out of control.


    Good questions about Alan's sister-in-law and the CSD stance on ASL. Let's see and wait what will happen.


  8. FYI, You full of shit...

  9. Please remember that NTID is one of the eight colleges that are united under RIT. Yes, Dr Hurwitz is the president of NTID and vice-president of RIT sharing with other Vice Presidents of seven colleges. Dr Dreslier is the current president of RIT

    The rumor about NTID/RIT taking over Gaslluadet University is a full of baloney.