Shorelight partners with Kansas University

11 March, 2014

Kansas University (KU) has become the latest USA higher education institution to partner with a private pathway partner, after an agreement with Shorelight Education to launch a programme transitioning international students onto the second year of a degree.

The Jimmy Green statue at KU. Photo, Kansas University

The KU Academic Accelerator Program (KUAAP) will welcome its first students at the start of the 2014/15 academic year, with a 12-month, three-semester course consisting of 30 hours of first-year level academic courses as well as specialised courses through the Applied English Centre.

“The KU Academic Accelerator Program is a wonderful option for students who are ready for the challenge of KU but also need class time to meet English proficiency standards and acculturate themselves to the KU and Lawrence communities,” said Jeffery S. Vitter, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at Kansas University.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at KU has created the academic curriculum in consultation with Shorelight Education, which includes courses in mathematics, American studies, communication studies, social and natural studies, humanities and Western civilization. Students will also complete a learning or research project through the year.

The KUAAP is expected to double the number of international students on campus over coming years; currently KU has over 2,200 overseas students from 99 countries.

“Our most recent incoming class of first-year students was the highest achieving, most diverse in KU’s history, and we have the same standards for our international students,” said Vitter. “We are attracting the best and brightest across Kansas, the nation, and the world; this new programme will help us expand the scope and diversity of our global outreach to top students. Their perspectives and cultures will enhance the academic and social experience for all of us in the KU community.”

“Shorelight is excited to be working with KU and their leading academic and student services programes,” said Tom Dretler, CEO and Co-Founder of Shorelight Education. “We are looking forward to expanding KU’s international reach and providing new opportunities for students from around the world.”

KUAAP represents the third entry option for international students at KU, in addition to direct first-year entry and enrolling in the Applied English Centre.

Established last year, Shorelight Education has pathway partnership agreements with Fordham University and the University of Central Florida in the USA, as well as Bath Spa University in the UK

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