Ashland University’s ACCESS Program Receives Accreditation

Ashland University’s ACCESS Program Receives Accreditation

1/27/14 ASHLAND, Ohio - ACCESS, the Intensive English Program at Ashland University, has been awarded professional accreditation by the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA).

The ACCESS Program was accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period of five years, which is the longest accreditation period allowable for initial accreditation. The ACCESS Program agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. The CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency.

In addition, accreditation helps assure that Ashland’s ACCESS program will continue to be authorized by the U.S. government to admit international students to its program. ACCESS is one of two IEPs in the state of Ohio to be accredited by CEA.

For more information about this accreditation, contact the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, 801 N. Fairfax St., Suite 402A, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400,

“Ashland University is very proud that its Intensive English Program, which is one of Ohio’s oldest, continues to be counted among the top programs of its type in the world,” said AU Provost Dr. Frank Pettigrew

Since 1974, ACCESS has worked with international students of limited English proficiency to provide them with language, academic and cross-cultural training to achieve success at Ashland. ACCESS, located in Patterson Hall, is part of the Dwight Schar College of Education.

“Many campus departments were involved with this CEA accreditation process and I want to thank Dr. Jim Van Keuren, dean of the Schar College of Education; Scott Van Loo, vice president of marketing and enrollment management; W.C. Vance, the director of admissions; and Scott Parillo, the director of international student services for their work,” Pettigrew said. “Particular thanks are due to those who supported ACCESS throughout the sometimes painful process of aligning the program with the rigorous standards of CEA; and to the incredible ACCESS faculty and staff who devoted many hours of effort and energy to the self-study review and to implementing the policy and curricular changes that resulted from the review.”

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###