April 2024 News from CEA

Message from Anna Modzelewska, 2024 Commission Chair

Greetings on behalf of CEA. I consider myself very privileged to give you this news as 2024 Commission chair. 

CEA’s April Commission meeting was held in person in Alexandria, VA in CEA’s offices. The Commission accomplished its planned work for the April Commission meeting, including an annual orientation of the full Commission, an accreditation decision-making session, and planning for CEA’s 25th Anniversary year, in addition to committee meetings and the range of reports and updates that are delivered at every meeting.

Commission service entails several important responsibilities related to careful and consistent review of reports using the CEA Standards for English Language Programs as the basis for review, and fiduciary responsibilities related to governance of the agency as a non-profit organization. As a specialized accreditation agency, commissioners, volunteer peer reviewers, and staff come from the field and represent the broad range of types of programs and language institutions engaged in English language instruction, not only CEA-accredited sites. The success of CEA relies on participation of individuals who come from the field, and I would encourage all eligible individuals to consider service as a volunteer peer reviewer or as a member of the Commission. Peer reviewer applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, and the 2024 Call for Nominations to serve as a Commissioner has been posted (see below). Not only do both activities provide an opportunity to do valuable and challenging work with highly qualified and experienced colleagues, they also represent specific professional development opportunities in our field.

In 2024, we recognize the 25th Anniversary of the beginning of accreditation activities by CEA as a separate and independent agency, and are making plans to recognize the service, support, and contributions of the many individuals who have contributed to its success: the founders, professional organizations in the field, past and present volunteer peer reviewers and commissioners, self-study coordinators and contributors, and the Constituent Council. In addition to small receptions held at TESOL, NAFSA and EnglishUSA, CEA will be publishing information on the benefits of self-study, and there are plans to collect testimonials as part of the work of the newly-established Research and Expansion Committee. To be added to the mailing list for CEA’s 25th Anniversary, please sign up here.

We look forward to celebrating CEA’s 25th Anniversary with you.

Anna Modzelewska
2024 Commission Chair

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