John Pope, Executive Director
English Language Institute at George Mason University
CEA accreditation has proven invaluable for a number of reasons.
- The CEA standards provide clear benchmarks reflecting current best practices within the profession. Responding to each of the standards during the preparation of the program's self-study provides the opportunity to review and make improvements or to establish policies and procedures which may have been previously lacking, all of which lead to increased student satisfaction.
- The self-study and subsequent site visit require total faculty/staff buy-in and involvement, resulting in a significant professional development opportunity lending depth to the program's knowledge bank.
- Being formally accredited by the agency recognized by Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education for accrediting intensive English programs also heightens respect for the program at the university or host institution level.
In today's international student marketplace, CEA accreditation provides a competitive advantage – potential students and their sponsors shop around for best values and CEA accreditation has become a recognized hallmark for excellence among intensive English programs.