Arkansas Tech ELI Earns Accreditation

The Arkansas Tech University English Language Institute (ELI) has earned accreditation through the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).

“This two-year process would not have happened without our expert faculty and staff who helped give their time and assistance,” said Brent Hogan, coordinator of the Arkansas Tech ELI. “A big thank you to the members of our curriculum committee and steering committee: Dr. Paola Gemme, Dr. Regina St. John, Mr. Will Taylor, Mrs. Jill Balaster, Dr. Browder Swetnam, Mr. Yasushi Onodera, Ms. Brandy Cunningham and Mrs. Monica Buck.”

The Arkansas Tech ELI offers five eight-week sessions each year for incoming international students. According to the ATU ELI mission statement, the program “prepares English language learners with the skills necessary to develop academic proficiency to successfully meet the demands and expectations of the college classroom.”

Subjects taught through the ATU ELI are grammar, reading, writing and listening/speaking.

Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions, CEA accredits more than 300 programs and institutions.

“CEA’s accreditation process comprises an eligibility application, workshop, self-study report, site visit and accreditation decision,” reads text from the organization’s website. “Site visits are conducted by qualified professionals from the field who are trained as peer reviewers. In addition to accreditation process activities, CEA oversees continued compliance with standards and CEA requirements and conducts regular systematic review and revision of standards to respond to changes in the field.”

Learn more about the Arkansas Tech ELI.