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Strategic Plan

English Language Service began with the strategic plan of the university and adapted it to language instruction. Click here to view the university strategic plan.


Focused on an innovative, professional and technology-oriented approach, English Language Services’ programming will be internationally recognized as both a pathway to study and a co-curricular pursuit at Illinois Institute of Technology.


Innovation in language education is required in order to gain national/international recognition and differentiate English Language Services at Illinois Tech from English language programs at other institutions. English Language Services will...

  • continue to develop engaging programming and interdisciplinary programs.
  • continue to partner with internal departments in order to increase recognition of our services.
  • work to build our international reputation among students around the world who are looking for a strong university with excellent support services for international students.

Increased recognition of our quality programming will positively influence our resource allocations from the university and allow for development of existing strengths.

Quality Innovative Education

International students will select Illinois Tech because they gain an educational experience with language support that is not replicated at other universities. Students will report that the language support received at Illinois Tech prepared them for success in their careers. For students who are seeking admission, English Language Services will provide a means to allow more international students entry to the university.

Innovative and engaging language instruction is key to creating high-achieving students as they pursue their academic and professional goals. Leveraging classroom and pedagogical technology to provide an engaging learning environment will support international students in becoming executives, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders in their respective fields. Many graduates often go on to occupy key positions in industry, government, and academia, thereby lending added distinction to the university.


English Language Services must strive for and achieve excellence in all activities throughout its department. English Language Services must...

  • challenge itself to emphasize excellence in education, a commitment to diversity, and a respectful work environment throughout all areas of the university.
  • improve administrative processes to properly serve students, and to support faculty and staff.

Continuous improvement of our educational programs and related procedures will strengthen the university's financial solvency and enhance its reputation.

Strategy and Objectives

  1. Growth and development of the student body
    • Increase IEP to 20 students by AY 2019.
    • Increase IEP enrollment to offer two levels by AY 2020. √ 
    • Establish and operate an English Pathways Program by AY 2020.
  2. Promotion of innovative thinking and excellence throughout the university
    • Develop more engaging assessments for receptive skills by AY 2020.
    • Faculty/Staff development
      • Identify, develop, and provide high quality professional development opportunities for faculty each year.
      • Support instructors to attend local or national TESOL conferences every 2 years.√
      • Develop and offer an annual workshop on working with non-native English-speaking students to university faculty and staff.
    • Achieve CEA Accreditation by AY 2020.√
  3. Elevation of Illinois Tech’s visibility and reputation
    • Achieve CEA Accreditation by AY 2020.√
    • Increase knowledge of IEP within the university by AY 2020.
    • Increase social media presence by AY 2020.
  4. Enhancement of Illinois Tech’s facilities, infrastructure, and environments
    • Develop and submit a Project Management Office proposal for a business process analysis of placement assessments.√
    • Secure a plan for dedicated computer labs and check-in space by AY 2020. 
    • Develop a Technology/Equipment Plan by AY 2020.
  5. Development of resources to enable progress
    • Increase revenue to acquire full-time faculty and staff positions by AY 2025.
    • Increase revenue to enable more resources and development for faculty and staff.
  6. Strengthening of Illinois Tech’s colleges and schools
    • Partner with other schools and departments within Illinois Tech.
      • Develop and offer an annual workshop on working with non-native English-speaking students to university faculty and staff.
      • Establish coursework for English Pathways Program students by AY 2020.
      • Develop undergraduate English language requirement with Admissions by AY 2020.
    • Collect and analyze student needs for the various academic disciplines.