Standards Review 2015

Throughout 2013 and 2014, the Standards Review Committee followed its established cycle and reviewed the following standards: Student Achievement, Length and Structure, Curriculum (2013) and Admin and Fiscal Capacity, PDPR, Recruiting, Student Services (2014). Some general edits were approved by the Commission in December 2013, and an SRC Task Force for in-depth revision of four topics in the areas of Student Achievement, Length and Structure, Curriculum, as well as the Glossary and Appendix A was struck at that time. The SRC Task Force completed its work by June 2014, and the Commission ratified changes at the December 2014 meeting after public comment on the proposed revisions. Note that the intent of the current standards has not been changed and the newly adopted changes represent improvements in clarity and editorial coherence throughout the document. 

More information about the process of standards revision culminating in the 2015 CEA Standards for Language Programs and Institutions can be found in the following sources: 

Standards Review Timeline 2013-2015
Standards Review Committee Public Comment Impact Statement
CEA Standards Revision Summary Presentation
CEA Standards Redline Document
Topic Briefs

A period of overlapping standards will occur from 2015 -2017: 

  • The old standards (2011) will be used for sites in process (those who attended the October 2014 workshop) who will be up for accreditation decisions as late as April 2017. 
  • The new standards (2015 CEA Standards) will be used for sites who may elect to submit self-studies as early as July 2015 for April 2016 decisions. 

CEA Staff will clarify which iteration of the standards are to be used by sites and by CEA Representatives and review teams. Accredited sites are subject to the standards in place at the time of their accreditation workshop; interim reporting for sites in reaccredited status will reflect the 2015 Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions.