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K-State Today

February 1, 2017



English Language Program adds value and provides welcoming environment for international students

By Mary K. Pyle

Kansas State University's English Language Program in the Office of International Programs has instructed thousands of students in learning and perfecting their English language capabilities in its 30 years of existence, which gives value to the education of U.S. citizens.

"Over 90 percent of our students chose to continue their studies at K-State, which adds to the enrichment of our classrooms and diversity of our student body," said Mary Wood, director of the English Language Program.

A special K-State Today issued Jan. 29 addressed President Donald Trump's executive order to ban immigrants from seven countries and how it affects Kansas State University students.

"K-State deeply values the contributions of our international family members and regrets the disruption this situation is causing in their lives," Kansas State University President Myers said in the statement. "As a public research university with global connections, we are concerned about the detrimental effects of this policy on those pursuing academic studies and research."

The English Language Program is a member of the consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs, or UCIEP, and English USA, also known as the American Association of Intensive English Programs. Both organizations issued a joint statement Jan. 19 in support of international students and intensive English programs in the U.S.

Citing the educational and cultural benefits that international students bring to the U.S., as well as the important role that intensive English programs serve in public diplomacy and the economy, the statement calls for the U.S. government to continue to support and provide a welcoming environment for international students, and facilitate student access to intensive English programs.

You can gain a greater understanding by referring to the overall announcement online.

K-State's English Language Program received a 10-year reaccreditation by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation in 2013.