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NICE Program Accreditation

The New Intensive Courses in English (NICE) program at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) through 2021 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Porgrams and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency. For further information about this accreditation, please contact the Commission on English Language Accreditation, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (808) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org. NICE was first accredited in 2006 and was granted 10 years of reaccreditation in 2011.

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a process whereby the program administration, faculty, and staff review and report on all aspects of the program to ensure that the program meets a standard of EXCELLENCE, as required by the accreditation commission. The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) reviews the program's mission, its curriculum, student services, finances, facilities, and many aspects of the program's administration.  A site visit is conducted to verify the program's claims before the commission make a decision to grant accreditation.

NICE is Unique

  • NICE was the FIRST intensive English language program on O‘ahu to receive this accreditation, and the SECOND program in the state of Hawai‘i to be granted this distinction.
  • Most accredited English language programs prepare students to enter an American university. In addition to preparing students for UNIVERSITY work, NICE also prepares students for the WORKPLACE, and for GENERAL English communication.

Students, sponsors, and sponsoring institutions can be sure that, with this accreditation, NICE is among the BEST intensive English programs in the U.S.!

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The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) is a not-for-profit corporation whose primary focus is the accreditation of English language programs and institutions in the United States. English language institutions accredited by CEA may offer other language-related programs such as TEFL training and foreign language courses. CEA is recognized by the US Secretary of Education, which allows institutions to use CEA accreditation for purposes of certification to admit international students. CEA also conducts international accreditation reviews.

An English language program or institution, its administrative and teaching staff, and its students benefit directly from involvement in a comprehensive assessment of how effectively the program or institution meets its stated mission. By evaluating the quality of its programs and services with respect to the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions, the program or institution can gauge its effectiveness against benchmarks set by the profession. All policies governing CEA and the procedures for accreditation can be found in the CEA Policies and Procedures.