UI American Language and Culture Program Receives Accreditation

Tuesday, June 18 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho’s American Language and Culture Program, or ALCP, recently received a five-year accreditation by the Commission of English Language Program Accreditation. The Commission of English Language Program Accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the US and around the world.

The ALCP is an intensive English language program designed to help non-native English-speaking students develop the skills necessary to succeed in academic programs and further their professional careers in the United States.

“We are excited for the American Language and Culture Program to receive accreditation because it enables the University of Idaho to establish more relationships with government agencies and international organizations, and enhances our ability to attract an increasing number of international students,” said Susan Bender, executive director of the UI International Programs Office, which oversees the language program.

Nearly 80 percent of international students who enter the ALCP to improve their English language skills subsequently enroll in degree-seeking programs at the university. The integrated program offers six levels of instruction, from basic to advanced, with an emphasis on academic preparation in listening, speaking, reading, writing and research.

The ALCP classes total 21-24 hours of weekly instruction. Students may begin an eight-week course of study in January, March, August, October or enroll in a six-week program in June. The ALCP also provides short-term programs for groups of students or professionals.

“The ALCP is a comprehensive program that focuses on English language skills and cultural adaptation which prepares international students to thrive at the university. Kathryn Schiffelbein, the ALCP manager, along with the teachers and staff, have created a high quality program and a culture of care that has resulted in an extremely high rate of students who later matriculate into the university,” said Bender.

Student enrollment in the ALCP has steadily increased by an average of 60 percent over the past three years. This increase can be attributed to enhanced international marketing and recruitment efforts by the International Programs Office. Including ALCP students, there were 667 international students representing 68 nationalities studying at the UI last year. These students are frequently recognized for their academic and research achievements, and contribute to the cultural diversity on campus.
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.