UNCW’s English Language Center Receives Ten-Year CEA Accreditation

Friday, May 01, 2020

The UNCW English Language Center has been granted a ten-year accreditation by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation. This is the highest degree of accreditation awarded by the nation’s leading accrediting body for intensive English programs. UNCW is one of 348 sites globally and seven in the state of North Carolina to be accredited by the CEA. UNCW’s center was awarded the initial CEA accreditation in 2016.

Associate Vice Chancellor of International Programs Michael Wilhelm spearheaded the re-accreditation process. Citing the accreditation as “yet another example of UNCW’s commitment to academic excellence and global engagement, it is the result of efforts made by the entire ELC team, as well as members of the Office of International Programs team. The work of the dedicated ELC faculty and staff has resulted in countless international connections for UNCW and a more diverse campus community,” he said.

The center’s director, Kateryna Forynna, led the office through the CEA site visit, which included the preparation of a self-study report, a comprehensive document that explained how the center met each of the 44 CEA standards that ranged from curriculum and student services to administrative capacity.

The ELC, part of the Office of International Programs, started in 1993 as the English as a Second Language Program. Its mission has been to provide quality English language instruction and American experiential learning for cross-cultural communication, friendship and lifelong memories. Over the past 27 years, hundreds of students from across the world have completed intensive English courses that have improved their English skills and prepared them linguistically and culturally to study, live and work in the United States.

-- Caroline Cropp