SP2.5: EASSE into Premier: Expanding Academic Skills and Support in English
The University has seen significant progress in this project in 2014-15. Official approval has been granted to change the name of the program to the English Language Institute, in keeping with national best practices. For administrative reasons, the name change will be implemented in 2015-16. Several new courses were developed and offered to help international students improve their linguistic skills and maintain continuous registration. New mandatory English-language placement testing for international students was accepted for implementation for the incoming Fall 2015 class. Additional instructors were hired to augment course offerings, and the tutoring and course-assistant programs were each strengthened.
Goals advanced under this project are:
- Build a dynamic and transformative learning community
- Increase four-year graduation rate
- Enhance the University’s Cultural Impact on the Global Community
The indicators of success for these goals are:
- The majority of courses will have clear learning objectives
- Increase 4 year graduation rate
- Increase the number of graduates who are living internationally by 5% every year for the next 5 years.
Milestones completed since last report:
- Name change approval secured for English Language Institute.
- New "mini-courses" developed for Winter 2015 (non-credit) and Spring 2015 (2-credits, with the course beginning in the second half of the semester). Student enrollment was strong and for several students the courses enabled them to maintain federally required credit loads.
- Two one-year lecturers were hired to increase the number and breadth of course offerings and to help with assessment.
- The Academic Success Program, a summer program for students who require additional language training before matriculation, grew for a third straight year.
Last Updated: 9/12/14