Southeast’s Intensive English Program Earns Accreditation


SVS-IEP-ClassroomThe Commission of English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) has granted Southeast Missouri State University’s Intensive English Program (IEP) a one-year initial accreditation.

The accreditation follows an application process, self study and site visits to the campus last November, and means the program has fulfilled the Commission’s standards-related requirements for quality programming and promoting excellence.

The CEA, a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, utilizes a measured accreditation process for evaluating the effectiveness and quality of a program, and is a great honor for Southeast’s IEP, said Breanna Walling, director of the program.

“The accreditation process helped us evaluate our program and the CEA has recognized the value and high-quality learning experience offered at Southeast,” said Walling. “The accreditation of the IEP affirms Southeast’s commitment to excellence and continuous improvement.”

Southeast’s IEP is an “English as a second language” academic program providing college preparation in listening and speaking, reading, writing and grammar. The program emphasizes the linguistic skills, cultural awareness, and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed at an American university. Most IEP students pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees at Southeast upon completion of the program.

“Our students can be assured that they’re receiving high-quality instruction from our English program,” she said. “An accreditation inspires confidence in the level of English language skills that they will have when they complete our program and their ability to succeed at the University and in their future using those skills.”

The program employs 37 full- and part-time faculty and staff and enrolls an average of 120-200 students each semester.

“I am extremely proud of the work of the Intensive English Program team,” said Dr. Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success and dean of students. “They are highly committed to the success of the students who are educated through this English language instruction program. Every member of the staff contributed to this accomplishment.”

“Many students who complete the Intensive English Program choose to remain at Southeast to pursue either an undergraduate or graduate program of study,” added Below. “Consequently, the entire University benefits from the presence of a high caliber English language program on campus.”

Southeast’s IEP currently has several ongoing curriculum improvement projects to implement during the 2016-2017 academic year, said Walling. If those reports continue to demonstrate full standards-related compliance, the CEA will grant a four-year continuation of accreditation.

CEA accredited programs and institutions have met 11 standard areas and 44 individual standard requirements including a published mission that guides activities, policies, and allocation of resources; curriculum focused on meeting the assessed needs of students; maintenance of an experienced, professionally qualified faculty that are committed to teaching; facilities and administrative and fiscal resources to provide an excellent learning environment; a wide array of student services offerings; ethical recruiting practices; and formalized plans to continually review and revise programs and services.

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