OCAS administers and evaluates Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) services for NTID faculty and staff, NTID Master of Science in Secondary Education students, and other Rochester Institute of Technology faculty, staff, and students as appropriate.The SLPI involves a one-on-one recorded conversation between an interviewer and a candidate, and these conversations are then rated independently by SLPI team raters. More information about SLPI services at NTID is available at the SLPI Process menu item in the left column on this page.
OCAS also administers the Classroom Sign Language Assessment (CSLA), which assesses instructors' use of sign language in classroom lectures. Information about the CSLA is available at the CSLA menu item in the left column on this page.
The Office of Communication Assessment Services (OCAS) was established to support the goals of the NTID communication policy. NTID has a strong, long-standing commitment to create and maintain an academic environment which is as inclusive as possible regarding the communication, participation, and enrichment of its community members.
This commitment has rested on three fundamental principles: basic courtesy in communication with others, equal access for all regarding the open flow of information within the NTID community, and sensitivity and respect for all cultural and individual differences and the variety of communication approaches.
You can also check out the Group Communication Observation Tool (GCOT) in the menu to the left. The GCOT is not administered by OCAS, and clicking on this link will take you away from this website.