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Dear DU community members,

The University of Denver supports the English language learning needs of our students from around the globe. The news we are sharing with you today introduces a new chapter of that support. The English Language Center (ELC) will close at the end of June 2021 with services for DU students shifting to a new model.

The ELC originally began in 1975 to help prepare students for academic success in Bachelors, Masters, and PhD programs at DU and other U.S. colleges and universities. Over the past four and a half decades, dedicated instructors and staff have provided the highest quality language education, cultural support and assistance to students and community members that it serves. While the goals around providing English language support have not changed, sharply declining enrollment in the pre-collegiate ELC program, coupled with the ever-evolving needs of our students, have prompted the University of Denver to explore shifts in how best to provide English language support.

The ELC will cease operations in its current form and location in July. We will continue to offer limited classes to collegiate level DU students and we will be evaluating this curriculum moving forward. The current pre-collegiate offering will end after June. All support services related to immigration and programming will continue and there will be no disruption to these support services for our international students.

We continue to seek new ways to support students, guided by the Strategic Imperatives and 4D model. We believe that diverse communities are stronger, more resilient and more productive. This belief informs our commitment to provide the structures and programming to ensure individuals from all backgrounds feel welcome and supported.

Mary Clark
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Uttiyo Raychaudhuri
Vice Provost Internationalization