GUST’s MFU Accomplishments Highlighted in Journal of Developmental Education
GUST’s Foundation Program Unit has grown exponentially in the past few years, and this growth was solidified by becoming the first university outside the USA to attain accreditation from the National Organization for Student Success (NOSS). The process of achieving the accreditation was no easy feat. This triumph took 4 years, and was led by Dr. Ilene Winokur, and Dr. Wassim Daher, was highlighted in the NOSS Journal of Developmental Education in an article.
The article delves into the efforts taken by the GUST Foundation Program Unit team to find a means of validation for their Math Foundation Unit (MFU). It was their belief that attaining the NOSS accreditation with developmental education would be the best fit for the program.
NOSS is a well renowned US-based institution that focuses on the academic success of students by providing professional development for faculty, supporting student learning, disseminating exemplary models of practice, coordinating efforts with other organizations, and facilitating communication among developmental education professionals.
Dr. Wassim Daher, Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics and former MFU Coordinator, said: “the accreditation process was an extremely valuable process for the MFU faculty. It deepened their understanding of the fundamental methodologies and pedagogy for math teaching, how to respond to standards, and the importance of data collection and analysis to ensure the quality of the program.”
GUST prides itself in remaining at the forefront of its counterparts when it comes to developing a comprehensive educational experience that is up to international standards; and attaining prestigious accreditations is just one of the tools it uses to ensure that.
In addition to the NOSS accreditation, GUST also holds accreditations from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) for its English Foundation Program, College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) for its One Stop Student Advising Center, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for its Computer Science Program, AACSB-International accreditation for its College of Business Administration, and most recently the American Communications Association (ACA) for its Mass Communication and Media Department.
For those interested, the full article on this experience written by Dr. Ilene Winokur. Mrs. Milena Baeff, and Dr. Wassim Daher is attached.