August 2023 News from CEA
August 2023 News from CEA
Message from Nick Ferdinandt, 2023 Commission Chair
Greetings on behalf of CEA. As 2023 Commission chair, I’m pleased to report these updates and reminders.
CEA’s August Commission meeting was recently held in Alexandria, VA. The Commission accomplished its planned work, including an accreditation decision-making session, a professional development session for the Commission, in addition to committee meetings and the range of reports and updates that are delivered in every meeting. Importantly, the Commission adopted changes to the CEA Policies and Procedures as a result of the annual review of the document as well as the end of the declared federal emergency in the U.S. Please see below for important announcements and reminders.
2023 Commission Chair
Recent accreditation decisions
As forecast in the April News from CEA and the June Constituent Council Meeting Proceedings, temporary flexibilities extended to accreditors have ended with the announcement of the end of the federal emergency on May 11, 2023. Provisions set forth in the CEA Statement on COVID-19 expire September 15, 2023, including the option to deliver courses through distance education (see below).
Distance education survey
Programs and institutions must submit a response to a mandatory survey regarding distance education by September 15, 2023. Effective September 15, any sites wishing to continue delivering instruction via distance education must file advance notice for expansion of scope to add distance education to the scope of accreditation with CEA, and submit a full substantive change report by February 1, 2024.
Policies and Procedures
The 2023 Policies and Procedures Committee has completed its annual review of the CEA Policies and Procedures. As a result, several policies have been updated and clarified. Section 23 Temporary Policy Adaptations allowing for Hybrid Site Visits, Extensions of term of accreditation and Extensions of eligibility have been rescinded. CEA will return to in-person site visits, and extensions and extended hiatus will be handled through existing policies.
Nominating Committee and Ballot
An independent Nominating Committee reviews commissioner applications, conducts interviews, and selects candidates for Commission service. CEA conducts an election for new commissioners between September 15 and November 1 each year. Per CEA’s Policies and Procedures, members of the CEA Constituent Council as represented by their primary contacts are responsible for voting to elect the new commissioners. Constituent Council will receive information about the slate of candidates and instructions for voting prior to September 15, 2023.
Each year in August, the Finance Committee reviews the CEA Fee Schedule to approve all fees for the following year. There are no increases to sustaining fees. The site visit fee for domestic site visits will increase by 5.1% to $7,200 to reflect higher travel costs in airfare, lodging, and food. The new fee schedule is effective February 1, 2024.
CEA regularly delivers accreditation workshops and reviewer training workshops in-person and online. CEA also regularly invites new program directors and primary contacts from newly-accredited sites to participate in an informational webinar related to ongoing requirements. CEA will hold a virtual accreditation workshop and a virtual reviewer training workshop in October. CEA workshops are not open to the public, and attendance requires staff approval. Additional information and workshop dates are on the CEA website: https://cea-accredit.org/accreditation/workshops and https://cea-accredit.org/reviewers/become-a-reviewer.