Campus: CSU Long Beach -- July 26, 2002
Intensive English Program at Cal State Long Beach
Receives 5-Year Accreditation
The Intensive English Program at California State University, Long Beach’s
American Language Institute (ALI) has been granted accreditation from
2002-07 by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation,
an accrediting body composed of members of the major associations in
the field and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Offered through University College and Extension Services, the Cal State
Long Beach program is the first in California to be accredited and the
34th accredited program nationally.
“The American Language Institute is justifiably proud of its public
recognition as a quality program that promotes excellence in language
instruction and administration,” said ALI Director Debra Jonas.
In order to be accredited, the institute had to complete a self-study
report that examined 52 standards in 10 different standard areas and
have a site visit by English Language Program experts from other campuses.
Among the areas covered were curriculum, faculty, administrative and
fiscal capacity, student services and student achievement. The report,
which was planned and supervised by Nina Ito, the ALI assistant academic
coordinator, took more than a year to complete.
The reviewers spent three days on campus observing classes, interviewing
faculty and students, reviewing documents and files pertaining to the
program and speaking with staff and administrators.
Students from more than 50 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia,
Europe and the Middle East have participated in the program at CSULB
since its inception in 1984. Currently, about 150 international students
are enrolled in ALI, many of whom plan to continue their studies in
degree programs at CSULB.