• Annual Report
  • COVID 19- 2021 update survey
  • Ethical Principles
  • CEA Strategic Plan
  • Substantive Change Reporting
  • Standards Review
  • Logo Guidelines of Use

In order to maintain accredited status, all accredited programs and institutions are required to submit an Annual Report to CEA. 

2021 Annual Report Webinar


To watch the video full screen, click 2021 Annual Report webinar (34 min)  (PDF of slides with transcript)

Annual Report Portal Link

CEA Annual Report Portal

2021 Annual Report Instructions

2021 CEA Annual Report Portal Instructions (PDF)

How to create a profile on the CEA Annual Report Portal (PDF)

2021 CEA Sustaining Fees Instructions (PDF)

2021 CEA Sustaining Fees Worksheet (Excel)

2021 CEA Financial Reporting Instructions (PDF)

Webinar registration links



When: Feb 9, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: CEA Annual Report Portal Q&A
Register in advance for this webinar: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 If you have any questions, please contact

Read More

As stated in the December 2020 News from CEA, the provisions and requirements set forth in the CEA Statement on COVID-19 remain in place until further notice. Based on guidance from federal agencies, temporary flexibilities for recognized accreditors remain in place until “the last date that the national emergency is in effect.” As a result, CEA requires notification rather than formal substantive change reporting for changes made as a result of or in response to the pandemic. For sites certified by SEVP, it appears that the March 2020 guidance remains in place for Spring 2021. CEA-accredited sites certified by SEVP are required to upload copies of updated procedural notifications sent to SEVP as part of this survey, if applicable.

COVID 19- 2021 update survey (PDF)

Link to the survey -

Responses are due no later than January 31, 2021

Read More

NAFSA’s Statement Of Ethical Principles
This statement from NAFSA: Association of International Educators, focuses on the importance of ethical principles and practices within the scope of international education in a variety of environments. View PDF

Read More

When a change is under consideration, CEA staff should be consulted to determine whether it is a substantive or minor change and whether a substantive change report must be filed, and to assess how the change will affect the program or institution in terms of meeting the CEA Standards. Please contact Masha Vassilieva, Director of Compliance at or (703) 665-3400.

The types of substantive changes that must be reported prior to the change taking place include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Any change in ownership, legal status or form of control, including a change in the relationship with departments within a host institution (must be submitted 30 days prior to the change of ownership or change of control)
  2. The acquisition of any other institution, or program or location of another institution
  3. The addition of a permanent location at a site at which the institution is conducting a teach-out for students of another institution that has ceased operating before students have completed their program of study
  4. Any change in mission
  5. Any change in location or the addition of an auxiliary location
  6. Any change in the type of students served (academic to nonacademic, for example)
  7. Any change in Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) certification
  8. The addition of courses that represent a significant departure, in terms of either content or method of delivery, from those offered during the most recent accreditation evaluation, including distance education
  9. The addition of courses or programs at a level below or a level above those included in the program or institution’s current accreditation
  10. A change in the means for determining student hours and/or a substantial increase or decrease in the number of clock or credit hours awarded for the successful completion of any program of study
  11. A substantial increase or decrease in the length of the program
  12. A change in resources that would affect the program or institution’s ability to provide its services

 2020 CEA Substantive Change Reporting Guidelines

Read More

The Standards Review Committee is charged with reviewing the CEA Standards on a regular cycle to ensure they are clear, comprehensive, and current.  Selected summaries of past review activities of the Standards Review Committee, detailing changes to the CEA Standards, including mark-ups with explanations of changes, are available on CEA’s standards review projects webpage.

Read More