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KSU English Language Program re-accredited

By The Mercury

The KSU English Language program received a 10-year accreditation from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions. The program initially received accreditation in 2008.

Ten years is the longest period of accreditation available.

“The KSU ELP was the only program granted 10-year accreditation at the Commission’s June 2013 meeting, so this is an outstanding accomplishment and recognition for our university,” program director Mary Wood said.

In order to be accredited by CEA, language programs must conduct a rigorous self-study document, detailing how their program meets each of the forty-four standards set by CEA.

The standards cover all aspects of the program from curriculum development, instruction and assessment to administration, finances, and student services. After approving the self-study report,  CEA then conducts a two-day site visit allowing CEA staff and academic professionals from peer institutions to further evaluate the language program. 

The KSU ELP provides English instruction to students who are qualified to begin university work but do not meet K-State’s English proficiency requirement. The program also offers English instruction to international students choosing language training only or participation in study abroad experiences. Five levels of intensive English classes are offered as well as support classes for graduate and undergraduate students and specialized English courses for KSU international partnerships.

All ELP classes carry academic credit, and students can apply up to fifteen hours of ELP classes toward a Bachelor’s degree, at their department’s discretion. 

The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) was founded in 1999 by English language professionals as a specialized accrediting agency to provide a means for improving the quality of English language teaching and administration through accepted standards. CEA conducts accreditation reviews in the U.S. and internationally.

For more information about KSU’s ELP, visit

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