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American Councils used to be ACTR/ACCELS, or the American Council of Teachers of Russian/American Council for Collaboration in Education and Language Study. It continues to operate as ACTR in Russia and as ACCELS in the remaining 11 countries of the new independent states.
It is an "educational association and exchange organization devoted to improving education, professional training, and research within and about the Russian-speaking world, including the many scores of non-Russian cultures and populations in the regions of central and eastern Europe and Eurasia." Specifically, American Councils:
- Administer more than 20 exchange programs, ranging from three months to two years in duration, with the countries of the former Soviet Union
- Manage student advising centers in Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan
- Administer standardized testing in the NIS for the Educational Testing Service
- Publish textbooks and materials for the teaching of Russian and English as foreign languages
ACTR/ACCELS administers thirteen educational advising centers in Russia, Kazakstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. The centers maintain libraries that make written, audio-visual, and CD-ROM resources, including ETS test preparation materials, available to visitors.
The organization has 42 offices in 12 countries of the NIS, a staff in excess of 200, and ongoing relationships with more than 500 U.S. and NIS schools, institutions of higher learning and NGOs.
A print version of much of the information contained in this NIS Third Sector Organizations section can be found in the of The Post-Soviet Handbook (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1999). For more information on the handbook and instructions on how to order, see our Post Soviet Handbook Information page.
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