MU’s Intensive English Program receives 10-year reaccreditation

April 11, 2024

The University of Missouri’s Intensive English Program recently received a 10-year reaccreditation from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). The program is a part of MU’s Center for English Language Learning. 

This reaccreditation will continue the university’s visibility to future international students, including Fulbright students, scholars and the institutions who help those students and scholars get to the U.S. 

“[This reaccreditation] ensures that our program is offering high quality instruction for our students,” said Lily Sorenson, director of the Center for English Language Learning, or CELL, “CEA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and many agencies and institutions that send students to the U.S. look for the CEA logo next to the program name when deciding which students to sponsor.” 

The reaccreditation process started in April 2021, and from there a CEA workshop was attended, the application for reaccreditation was submitted and a near two-year self-study was conducted. In March 2023, the self-study was submitted and in June of the same year, the CEA site review took place on campus. The site review involved two peer reviewers and a CEA representative visiting campus and experiencing all aspects of the program for themselves. 

In addition to the academic curriculum that the Intensive English Program (IEP) instructs, CELL offers social programming and activities to students within the program. This gives students the opportunity to practice the skills they are learning in real time and gain confidence in social settings. 

“Above all [the IEP] helped me to become more confident about myself,” said IEP alumna Lescarlet. She added that the activities through which she interacted with classmates and professors outside the classroom helped her gain that confidence. 

The IEP was originally accredited by CEA in August 2018. CELL is also a member of the UCIEP (Consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs) and EnglishUSA.

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