AdeQUAte = Dead in the Water

Recently, Gallaudet received an improved rating from the Office of Management and Budget evaluation. It’s rating went from “ineffective” to “adequate.” Stories marking this change have been published in the Washington Post and elsewhere.

Before cheering and patting each other on the back, let’s examine what this rating really means. “Adequate” is NOT “effective” nor is it even “moderately effective.” To put it in terms of a lifeguard who is swimming practice laps at the pool, adequate means the lifeguard is just barely keeping his head above water while treading water at a standstill. True, he -hasn’t- drowned, but he hasn’t moved, either, much less completed any laps. “AdeQUAte,” in other words, is “dead in the water.”

It is interesting to note that “adequate” has different meanings when applied to Gallaudet and NTID. For some reason, Gallaudet is being held to a lower standard than NTID in order to achieve the same mundane rating. NTID continues to achieve MORE success with HALF the amount of federal funding that Gallaudet receives, but both are still rated merely “adequate.”

See this comparsion, and note especially “Program Results/Accountability”: Continue reading “AdeQUAte = Dead in the Water”

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