Less than a year before the Accreditation Act deadline, many IEP schools remain inadequately prepared for successful accreditation by ACCET or CEA. Not only must each school submit an acceptable Analytic Self-Evaluation Report (ACCET) or Self-Study (CEA), but the policies and procedures contained therein must be fully implemented prior to the accrediting commission site team visit.

And, at the same that school owners are struggling to meet accreditation standards, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is conducting Out-of-Cycle reviews of IEP schools and issuing Requests for Evidence that can be extremely difficult to fulfill in a timely manner. This is particularly true in California, where IEPs are being asked by SEVP to provide evidence of BPPE approval for all “educational sites” and other such details. SEVP requires strict congruence between the information indicated on each institution’s I-17 and that indicated on its BPPE approval documents; any disconnect can trigger a Request for Evidence with very limited response time allowed. Schools that fail to respond to a Request for Evidence within the allotted time will be issued a Notice of Intent to Withdraw, at which point a school is likely to lose permission to issue Form I-20, with little or no recourse available.

Tri-Logos & Associates, Inc. is a consulting firm that specializes in providing solutions to the complex regulatory issues facing IEP schools since the enactment of The Accreditation of English Language Training Programs Act. Although we are located in Southern California, we work with clients nationwide. My colleagues and I have over 50 years of combined experience working in the private postsecondary school business, and our team members have successfully guided intensive English program (IEP) schools through the accreditation process.

Don’t put your school’s approval to issue Form I-20 at risk: If you need help getting your school accredited by ACCET or CEA, please contact us as soon as possible. For more information visit our website at www.trilogos.co or call (800) 946-1637 ext. 101 today.

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