The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) met December 12th -14th, 2008. Following are highlights of the meeting.
For initial accreditation, the Commission may grant 5-year accreditation to programs in compliance with the CEA Standards or one-year accreditation to programs that substantially meet the standards but need to address minor standards-related deficiencies. Programs granted one-year initial accreditation are granted 4-year continued accreditation if the deficiencies are corrected. For re-accreditation, the Commission may grant 10-year re-accreditation to programs that fully meet the standards or one-year re-accreditation to programs that have standards-related deficiencies that may be met in one year. Programs granted one-year re-accreditation may be granted 9-year continued accreditation if the deficiencies are corrected.
In accordance with Section 602.26 of the U.S. Secretary of Education's Recognition of Accrediting Agencies (effective July 1, 2000), notice is hereby given of the following decisions made by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation at its December meeting.
Granted one-year accreditation
Columbia School of English
10-week Program in English as a Second Language, University of California, Irvine
Granted 9-year continued accreditation
English as a Second Language Program, Duquesne University
Granted 10-year re-accreditation
English Language Program, George Mason University
Upcoming Workshops and Presentations
Preconference Institute, TESOL, March 25, 9-4:
“Aligning Curriculum Objectives, Learning Outcomes, and Assessment.” This workshop aims to develop understanding of how to build an outcomes-based postsecondary English language program. Using the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions, presenters will demonstrate how to successfully align curriculum objectives, learning outcomes, and assessment practices.
An Accreditation Workshop will be held March 27 and 28th in Denver during the TESOL convention. To attend a workshop, the program or school must have already submitted an eligibility application for CEA accreditation. If you are interested in beginning the accreditation process, the application form can be found on the CEA web site at www.cea-accredit.org. Registration is through CEA not through TESOL.
For more information about CEA, access the web site at www.cea-accredit.org or call 703.519.2070.