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Extension of Temporary Changes

Sites are required to notify CEA of procedural or operational changes made as a result of or in response to COVID-19. In addition to notifications received by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., mandatory surveys were distributed to all accredited sites in September 2020 and again in January 2021.

If you did not receive a link to the survey, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to update the primary contact for your program or institution.

Do I need to continue to update CEA?

If additional changes are made, please send an update to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., explaining the ways in which the educational program has been adapted, and the projected date of resuming normal delivery of the program, if available. 

How long does CEA consider “temporary” to be?

Based on the broad permissions granted to accreditors by the US Department of Education, CEA will consider changes to delivery of the educational program to be temporary, provided they are as a result of or in response to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, that changes are reported to CEA as being temporary, and that the program or language institution intends to return to delivering the educational program as accredited after the need for alternative approaches has passed. If you have questions about the duration of your planned accommodations, please contact CEA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What if we develop and deliver a different program?

If the educational program is considered to be a temporary adjustment as a result of or in response to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the new program does not need to be reported as a substantive change. Rather, an update should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If the change is to be permanent, please inform CEA and staff will advise you regarding the need to report it as a substantive change in keeping with CEA’s established policies. For questions about whether or not a planned change is considered substantive, please contact Masha Vassilieva, Director of Compliance, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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