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In September 2003, CEA was recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions. This recognition gave CEA the distinction of being the only specialized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. In December 2005, the Commission expanded its mission to include the accreditation of English language programs and schools outside the U.S.
In addition, CEA continues on-going consultation with the profession through presentations at national conventions and local conferences and maintains close linkages with founding organizations (AAIEP, NAFSA, TESOL, and UCIEP) through its nomination process and regular distribution of news about accreditation decisions and CEA governance.
Accreditation is a process by which experts in a particular field determine common standards and choose to regulate themselves according to those standards. The goals of accreditation in education include the following:
- Advancing standards and promoting excellence
- Publicly recognizing programs and institutions that meet accepted standards
- Assuring the quality of programs and institutions to the public
- Providing a means of ongoing self-assessment and continuing education for programs and institutions
- Providing an objective means for reviewing the quality of education and education services