Keuka College’s ASL Programs Lauded by National Publication

The Chronicle of Higher Education included the College in its rankings on foreign languages.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Keuka College’s American Sign Language/ASL-English Interpreting programs have earned national recognition.

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s rankings of “Which Colleges Grant the Most Bachelor’s Degrees in Foreign Languages” listed Keuka College as No. 11 nationally under the ASL category.

The rankings examined majors granted during the 2016-17 academic year and Keuka College granted 15, one less than ninth-place colleges Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis and Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. The College was among 44 institutions nationwide awarding 529 ASL-related majors, the Chronicle reported.

With the Rochester area home to one of the largest populations of Deaf people (per capita) in the nation, Keuka College’s two majors – American Sign Language and ASL-English Interpreting – and ASL minor have been increasingly popular.

In fact, the College just put the finishing touches on a new home for the programs.  

Work crews spent the summer transforming the South Duplex building on Central Avenue into new learning space for the ASL/AEI programs. The facility now includes classroom space, a computer lab, and a lounge area to enable students to study and practice their communication skills.