NAFSA 2011 Region VIII Presentation-Expanding ACCESS to International Students
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National Association for International Education (NAFSA), Region VIII Conference...
National Association for International Education (NAFSA), Region VIII Conference
November 3-5, 2011 - Philadelphia, PA
Nicole Sealey, Director for the Center for International Student Access, Mason
Rick Davis, Associate Provost, Undergraduate Education, Mason
Karyn Mallett, Assistant Director, English Language Institute, Mason
Ghania Zgheib, Faculty, English Language Institute, Mason
SESSION TITLE: Expanding ACCESS to International Students
ABSTRACT: Mason's recent foray in international education is an innovative new foundation year program for international freshman designed to increase their academic English language skills while enrolled as full-time students. The presenters will discuss historical development of the program; its academic foundation utilizing cross-departmental collaboration between university and intensive English programs; and its implementation this past fall. The program provides a cohort-style, credit-bearing, custom curriculum, along with academic and student services designed for students studying abroad. The session will address research-backed program revisions; implications for comprehensive approaches to language-supported internationalization in US higher education; and the development of a new university entity developed to manage administration of the program, which builds further on interdepartmental partnerships.
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