SP2.5: EASSE into Premier: Expanding Academic Skills and Support in English
The English Language Institute will offer courses, programming and services to support high retention of international students, their academic success and their acquisition of strong English language and intercultural skills. A foundational idea is that English language learners should have opportunities to strengthen English throughout their degree programs so that they graduate with high levels of English language competency. Initial goals are to remove the stigma attached to ESL classes by renaming the program the English Language Institute, increasing staff to better serve students, and undertaking a systematic analysis of best practices to ensure international students' academic success. More initiatives are set to begin in 2014, when the Director of the English Language Program returns from China.
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:
- Identification of model Academic English Programs in the US is complete. Over 75 programs were assessed.
- ESL Program Advisory committee members have been identifies. One member will travel to university with model ESL programs to learn in depth about the semester and offerings.
- Summer Academic Success Program took place for a second summer with strong enrollment.
- Assessment data is now being collected for participants in the summer Academic Success Program. One-third of students maintained a GPA higher than 3.4.
- ESL program has added 3 more sections of basic courses offered each year.
- Search complete to hire Trena Haffenden to join ESL program.
- ESL program has been selected as an occupant of the new Global Center
Last Updated: 9/12/14