PREP CLASS GRANTED ACCREDITATION BY CEA
The Yasar University English Prep Class has been accredited by the CEA*, the world’s foremost accreditor of intensive English programs, following 2 years of intensive work. It was the first program in Turkey to achieve such status and as at December 2011 when the Prep Class’s accreditation was confirmed, was only the 9th outside the US.
As part of the accreditation process, all aspects of the Prep Class program were reviewed, including academic staff, program development, testing and assessment, fiscal and administrative structure, student services, and facilities to ensure they complied with CEA standards. Upon completion of this work, a site-visit was conducted by the CEA review team between 20-22 October 2011, who then submitted their report to the CEA Commission. The Commission that gathered in Virginia, U.S.A on 2-4 December 2011 resolved to grant a five-year accreditation to Yaşar University English Prep Class, confirming its compliance with all CEA standards.
Yaşar University Rector Prof. Dr. Murat Barkan said: ‘Accreditation is a significant success for our university, which is celebrating its 10th year. One of the important limbs of our internationalization strategy is to reflect our concern for international quality in all departments of the university. Providing our students with education and diplomas of international quality is a part of the sense of responsibility we feel for our job and our students.’
CEA General Director Teresa O’Donnell said: ‘The English Prep Class at Yasar University is commended for its receipt of 5-year initial accreditation by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, the first in Turkey to achieve such status. Five-year initial accreditation is granted to a program that demonstrates compliance with the CEA standards in terms of meeting its mission and educational objectives. The achievement of accreditation is a result of the work of many people. Each one is to be applauded for this achievement.’
The coordinator of the project, Engin Ayvaz, Director of the School of Foreign Languages, says: ‘Accreditation is a significant measure of quality for institutions of tertiary education. Notwithstanding this, the accrediting agency that an institution is accredited by is almost as important as the accreditation itself. Therefore, it is necessary to check the institutions that have authorized and recognized an accrediting agency and the institutions accredited by that agency. The CEA more than bears up to such scrutiny and is the most widely recognised accreditor of its type in the world.
The CEA accreditation has certified that our program complies with the same quality standards for English education that accredited U.S. universities are subject to and that we will be able to maintain that quality. Furthermore, it was an honor for us to be the first university in Turkey to be granted this accreditation, a prestigious quality certificate that has been granted to a select number of programs worldwide.’
*The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) is the only accrediting agency for English language institutions and programs to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA). For further information and a list of the more than 100 other CEA-accredited institutions see: www.cea-accredit.org