Federal Agency Clarifies Mandate on Accreditation of English-Language Programs
By Karin Fischer
July 2, 2012
Weeks after it caused a furor by suggesting that university-run English-language programs would have to receive separate accreditation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security late Friday issued a policy statement clarifying how such programs can demonstrate they are covered by institutional accreditation.
While the department did not back off its insistence that campus-run programs produce proof of accreditation under a 2010 law—something program directors contend the legislation never intended—the new guidance will go a long way toward allaying concerns, language-program officials said this weekend.
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