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August 2013 CEA Updates

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How CEA Is Meeting the Challenge: A Message from the Commission Chair

Since the passage of the Accreditation of English Language Training Programs Act in December 2010, large numbers of U.S. intensive English programs have been working to meet its accreditation requirement. Their efforts have resulted in incredible growth for CEA, both in numbers of programs and institutions participating in the accreditation process, as well as in numbers of volunteers and staff involved in assisting them through the process.

Up from the 109 accredited programs at this time last year, there are now 167 CEA-accredited sites, and another 70 are expected to complete the process for the first time by the end of this year. In addition, there are 100 more programs and institutions at some stage of the accreditation process.

Supporting this rapid growth has required CEA to grow in other ways this year:

  • Recruiting and training 12 former commissioners and reviewers to serve as CEA representatives on site visits, as well as assist staff in a variety of ways.
  • Sending out 160 trained CEA reviewers to serve as volunteer peer reviewers on site visits.
  • Adding two Commission meetings to the three regularly-scheduled meetings and expanding the December 2013 meeting to accommodate the increased number of reviews being considered.
  • Hiring and training six full-time staff members, making the CEA office home to nine full-time staff members, plus a part-time education technology consultant, by the end of the year.
  • Doubling the square footage of the CEA office (we were fortunate that a large space, contiguous with the existing CEA office, became available) and purchasing new equipment to accommodate the increase in staff.

While some of these changes were in the hands of commissioners and staff, a critical element was not: the response of those in the field to the need for site reviewers. It is difficult to overstate our appreciation for all those who have volunteered their time to review sites. Without the help of these volunteers, CEA would not have been able to visit all the programs and institutions that required review this year.

As we head into the fall, CEA is well positioned to meet current needs of programs and institutions. And as always, staff and commissioners continue to plan strategically for a future in which accreditation is increasingly valued and sought by the field.

Nancy Storer
Chair, Commission on English Language Program Accreditation


August 2013 Grants of Accreditation

The Commission announced the following decisions at its August 2013 meeting.

Granted 5-year initial accreditation
  • University Language Institute, Tulsa, OK, USA
  • Academic English and General English Program, INTO Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA
  • Intensive English Language Program, Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA
  • A.C.E. at Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA, USA
Granted 1-year initial accreditation
  • C.C.B. School of Atlanta, Duluth, GA, USA
  • International Educational Center, Glenview, IL, USA
  • A.C.E. at Montana State University , Bozeman, MT, USA
  • Bell Language School, Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (ICPNA), Lima, Peru
  • English Language Institute, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX, USA
  • Selnate International School, Provo, UT, USA
Granted 4-year continued initial accreditation
  • The International Center for English, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR, USA
  • Intensive English Institute, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, USA
Denied accreditation
  • Georgia Language Institute, Duluth, GA, USA (final)
  • English Center USA, Champaign, IL, USA (final)
  • Harvest English Institute / Newark (Main Campus), Newark, NJ, USA (final)
  • Harvest English Institute / Long Branch, Long Branch, NJ, USA (final)
  • Massachusetts International Academy, Marlborough, MA, USA (final)
Decisions deferred
  • International Academy of English-San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Tampa Language Center, Tampa, FL, USA
  • New York General Consulting, New York, NY, USA
  • International Academy of English-Las Vegas East, Las Vegas, NV, USA
  • International Academy of English-Las Vegas West, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Commission Reviews for Fall 2013

The following programs and institutions will be reviewed by the December 2013 meeting of the Commission.

For 4-year continued initial accreditation
  • LCI Houston, TX, USA
For initial accreditation
  • ASC English School, MA, USA
  • ALCC - American Language Communication Center (Manhattan), NY, USA
  • ALCC - American Language Communication Center (Elmhurst), NY, USA
  • Century School of Languages, CA, USA
  • New York Language Center (Midtown/Manhattan), NY, USA
  • New York Language Center (Broadway), NY, USA
  • New York Language Center (Jackson Heights), NY, USA
  • English Language Institute, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL, USA
  • Universal English Center, NY, USA
  • American Language Center, PA, USA
  • Nomen Global, UT, USA
  • ESL Program, Eastern Michigan University, MI, USA
  • inlingua Florida Doral, FL, USA
  • inlingua Florida Brickell, FL, USA
  • inlingua Florida Aventura, FL, USA
  • inlingua Florida Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
  • inlingua Florida Weston, FL, USA
  • inlingua Florida Boca Raton, FL, USA
  • inlingua Florida Orlando, FL, USA
  • inlingua Florida Tampa, FL, USA
  • Language Skills English Center, MA, USA
  • Orlando Language School, FL, USA
  • PACE International Academy, UT, USA
  • UCEDA International New Brunswick, NJ, USA
  • UCEDA International Paterson, NJ, USA
  • Intercultural Communications College (ICC Hawaii), HI, USA
  • POLY Languages Institute Irvine , CA, USA
  • POLY Languages Institute Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • POLY Languages Institute Pasadena, CA, USA
  • Harbor Career College, CA, USA
  • inlingua Princeton, NJ, USA
  • inlingua Princeton (Stamford), CT, USA
  • inlingua Metro New York, NY, USA
  • inlingua Metro New York Ridgewood, NJ, USA
  • inlingua Metro New York Summit, NJ, USA
  • American Advanced Institute of Technology (AAIT) Language School, PA, USA
  • ACCESS Program, Ashland University, OH, USA
  • CAMPUS Education New York City, NY, USA
  • CAMPUS Education Palisades Park, NJ, USA
  • CAMPUS Education Jersey City, NJ, USA
  • CAMPUS Education Flushing, NY, USA
  • Institute for Health Education, NJ, USA
  • ESL Program Intercultural Institute of California, CA, USA
  • CAMPUS Education San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Washington Language Institute, MD, USA
  • LIC/LISMA Language Center Long Island, NY, USA
  • LIC/LISMA Language Center Queens, NY, USA
  • LIC/LISMA Language Center Manhattan, NY, USA
  • LIC/LISMA Language Center Palisades Park, NJ, USA
  • Evergreen Academy, VA, USA
  • Bergen County Career Advancement Training, Inc. (BCCAT), NJ, USA
  • Gulf Language School, TX, USA
  • Hamilton College Department of English Language Studies, CA, USA
  • Texas Intensive English Program at Lamar, TX, USA
  • UCEDA School of West New York, NJ, USA
  • UCEDA School of Elizabeth, NJ, USA
  • UCEDA School of Orlando, FL, USA
  • UCEDA School of West Palm Beach, FL, USA
  • UCEDA School of Boca Raton, FL, USA
  • UCEDA School of Hackensack, NJ, USA
  • UCEDA School of Orlando, OBT, FL, USA
  • California English School, CA, USA
  • Columbia West College, CA, USA
  • International Language Plus, OH, USA
  • English Language Study Center/Internexus Indiana, IN, USA
  • Hancock International College, CA, USA
  • Atlanta English Institute, GA, USA
  • English Language Institute, Gallaudet University, DC, USA
  • English as a Second Language Program, Los Angeles Pacific College, CA, USA

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