Franklin is elected president-elect of AAIEP

Will work with INS as part of position

June 18, 2002

Kelly Franklin of Maryville was elected president-elect of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP) at an Association of International Education conference held in San Antonio in May.

AAIEP is a 16-year-old organization that promotes standards for intensive English programs and provides advocacy for those programs both overseas with potential clients and with the United States government.

Franklin, who is the director of international services at Maryville College and oversees the College's Center for English Language Learning (CELL), holds a master's degree in linguistics and a TESOL certificate from Ohio University. He has a wide range of experience teaching language.

Franklin's previous work with the AAIEP Board includes serving as Vice-President for Standards, 1998-1999.

As president-elect of the AAIEP for 2002-2003, Franklin will serve in the absence of the AAIEP president and will trouble-shoot problems that arise but do not fall under the work duties of other officers. The AAIEP Board meets three times a year. One meeting will take place in Washington, D.C., to allow directors of intensive English programs the opportunity to meet with government officials.

Franklin said he expects to spend a lot of time this year working with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). In response to the terrorist attacks on the United States Sept. 11, Franklin said government regulations imposed on schools that admit international students have changed.

"The government has devised regulations that work well enough for regular, long-term college students, but officials are still learning the differences for students such as those in intensive English programs and other non-standard programs, such as short-term training seminars and workshops," he said.

"Our primary goal now is to work with the INS to understand the very different nature of our students and how their studies are offered in the United States."

Franklin will become AAIEP president during the NAFSA conference in Salt Lake City next May.

Franklin came to the College to help develop the CELL program in 1986. In 16 years, the program has grown from two part-time teachers to a teaching faculty of 10 and a student enrollment of seven to 50 students during each five-week session. Students enrolled usually represent 15 to 20 different countries.

Today, Franklin and his instructors market CELL as a serious language program for students who want to learn English rapidly. In 1991, a Japanese publisher named the Maryville College CELL program as one of the best such programs in the U.S., based on academic programs, extracurricular programs, learning environment and support services.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester is 1,168.