CEA Accreditation

The Intensive Academic English Program (IEP), Academic English for Graduates Program (AEG) and the Academic English for the Liberal Arts (0210) are accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). CEA is based in Washington, D.C. and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Its purpose it to promote excellence in English language programs by identifying best practices, setting standards and training professionals in how to understand and meet 52 standards in the 10 standard areas of mission: curriculum; faculty; facilities, equipment and supplies; administrative and fiscal capacity; recruiting; student services; length and structure of program of study; student achievement; and student complaints. For detailed information on these standards, click here.

The accreditation process involves becoming familiar with standards and best practices, conducting a self-study, then writing and submitting a self-study report about how the program meets the standards. A peer review team comes for a site visit to verify claims made in the report, and finally, once their report has been received and responded to, all documents go to the CEA board for a decision. Once a program has been accredited, it becomes part of the CEA Constituent Council and is able to nominate members to the board and to have input into CEA decisions such as a recent review of the standards.
Student, faculty or staff members, as well as others outside the ELI who believe they have knowledge of a failure by our program or institution to maintain the standards may file a complaint with CEA. For more information on filing a complaint, click here.