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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 24, 2003

UI Intensive English Instructors Promote New Website

University of Iowa educators are cheering the launch of a new web site designed to provide information about the benefits of inviting international students to U.S. colleges and universities.

The site -- http://www.internationaleducationmatters.org/ -- is sponsored by the two professional organizations for intensive English programs, the consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP) and the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP.) Additional support comes from NAFSA: Association of International Educators as well as Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL.)

Maureen Burke, coordinator of the Iowa Intensive English Program, said the site ensures that accurate information about international students is readily available to government officials, the media, and anyone who needs information related to international students. This includes facts such as the economic impact and other contributions of international students on their communities and details about pending legislation that will affect international students and the programs in which they study.

Burke said many international students' introduction to U.S. education comes through intensive English programs, which is why her colleagues around the nation felt it was important to take the lead in offering this new source of information.

The Iowa Intensive English Program is part of the UI linguistics department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu; Program: Maureen Burke, 319-335-2770