QU department wins US panel accreditation

December 31, 2013 - 4:57:47 am
DOHA: The Foundation Programme Department of English at Qatar University (QU) has been awarded five-year accreditation by the Commission on English Language Teaching Accreditation (CEA), the official US government body for accrediting intensive English language programmes.

The accreditation period for the newly-restructured one-year, two-level programme is until December 2018. A further 10 years will be granted if the programme continues to meet 44 standards set by the commission.

It is the second time the department has achieved the honour. 

It was granted accreditation in 2009 to its previous two-year programme which later underwent restructuring, first to a one-year, four-level programme and then to the current one-year, two-level programme. 

In Summer 2012, as per CEA requirement for accreditation of the new programme, the department conducted an exhaustive self-study into all aspects of its operations, including its mission, curriculum, assessment, testing, administration, appraisal systems, professional development offerings and faculty, and submitted a report to the accrediting body. 

A follow-up visit in late October 2013 by a CEA team included interviews, lesson observations, focus groups with faculty and students and an exhaustive document review, resulting in final approval by the commission. 

Foundation Programme Acting Director Dr Mohamed Al Naemi said: “This prestigious accreditation of the English programme is of immense benefit to students and faculty alike — it adds value to the teaching and learning environment of the foundation programme and keeps abreast of the wider institutional mission and vision to contribute to the goals outlined in Qatar National Vision 2030. 

Department Head Patrick Murphy said: “This is an endorsement of the commitment of the faculty and staff to deliver a high-quality, internationally-recognised English programme to equip undergraduate national and international students with skills they need to pursue English-medium degrees in science and engineering.” The Peninsula
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