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International Accreditation Granted to Intensive English Program at AUK

Program Meets International Standards for Academic, Administrative Excellence

The American University of Kuwait (AUK) announced today that the Intensive English Program (IEP) has been granted international accreditation from the U.S.-based Commission on English Language Programs Accreditation (CEA).

"It is a tremendous achievement not only for AUK as the first intensive English program to be internationally accredited in Kuwait, but also for the English as a Second Language profession," stated IEP Director Margaret Combs. "We are honored to have been accredited by the CEA and know that our students will value this esteemed approval from an internationally recognized accrediting organization." Ms. Combs co-founded IEP in 2004 as an integral part of the founding of AUK.

CEA conducts a site visit at AUK February 25, 2009 from Left to Right Teresa O'Donnell, Sarah Klinghammer, Dr. Marina Tolmacheva, the AUK President, Margaret Combs, the IEP Director, Mark Algren.

Over the course of 2007 and 2008, IEP conducted a rigorous examination of the entire University and prepared a self-study report for the CEA. All program materials were sent for review to internationally recognized subject specialists chosen by the CEA. A team of international evaluators conducted an onsite review in February 2009 that included financial audits, student services assessment and a survey of all procedures. Based on this entire process and the teams' report to the CEA Accrediting Commission, IEP was granted international accreditation.

CEA- Site evaluator Sarah Klinghammer meeting with the IEP female students at AUK.

"AUK Intensive English Program deserves praise and tremendous respect for gaining international accreditation from CEA," stated AUK President Dr. Marina Tolmacheva. "CEA was specifically created [in the United States] to assure global application of high academic standards in the teaching of Intensive English. English competence is increasingly necessary to succeed in today's world, and especially to succeed in pursuing university degrees that are internationally recognized."

"AUK is a young institution, and gaining international accreditation for our foundational program in English is testimony to the academic rigor, quality curriculum, and our excellent teaching faculty," acknowledged Tolmacheva. "The fact that, from the start, AUK is granted the five-year (Maximum) accreditation term is proof of confidence the Commission has not only in the quality of our program, but also in the ability of AUK to sustain the high quality of instruction and to progress further for the benefit of our students."

AUK is the second institution to achieve CEA accreditation for its Intensive English Program in the region - not only in the Gulf, but in the Middle East.

Based in Alexandria, Virginia, CEA was founded in 1999 by English language professionals as a specialized accrediting agency. Its purpose is to provide a means for improving the quality of English language teaching and administration through accepted standards. CEA conducts accreditation reviews in the U.S. and internationally.

CEA is recognized by the United States Department of Education, whose approval attests to the high quality of CEA as an accrediting agency. The recognition allows English language institutions in the United States to use CEA accreditation for purposes of certification to admit international students.

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