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Membership Requirements
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Applications for membership will be considered for a program which:

  • is located in the United States
  • is accredited by The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), or sits under the governance of an institution accredited by one of the regional accrediting bodies listed below
  • offers program participants a minimum of 18 contact hours of English language instruction per week or 12 semester or quarter hours of instruction per academic term for intensive English programs OR is the primary provider at an institutional pathway program for its English courses 
  • primarily serves post-secondary, adult students
  • is overseen by a person whose clearly defined responsibility is the overall administration of the program including the selection, evaluation, and retention of qualified faculty and staff
  • has an established curriculum allowing for the differentiation of program participants by level of proficiency, instruction during stated sessions, and orientation and counseling services

More detailed information about membership criteria and requirements can be found by reviewing our Standards for Programs.

If you have multiple branches or locations, please refer to the EnglishUSA Policy on Multi-Site Programs.

Regional accrediting bodies:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HLC)
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (WASC- ACCJC)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC- ACSCU)

 Multi-Site Membership Information

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