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.
Last Updated: 1/2/14