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jstevenson.feb2016

Stevenson Serving on Commission on English Language Program Accreditation

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 26, 2016) – Joy Stevenson, Ph.D., director emerita of the University of Central Missouri International Center, has been appointed to serve as one of two public members on the 13-member Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). Recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education, CEA is a specialized accreditation agency focusing on intensive English language programs and institutions serving students in higher education around the world.

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Dr. Joy Stevenson

Stevenson was appointed based upon her expertise with comprehensive international education strategies in U.S. higher education. Public members ensure that CEA governance is sound and that accreditation decision-making is fair and transparent.  Her three-year-term of service is from Jan. 1, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2018. 

CEA currently accredits 300 programs and institutions in the U.S. and abroad. UCM’s English Language Program was the first university-affiliated intensive English program accredited in the state of Missouri (initially in 2010 and most recently in 2015 valid for 10 years).

Honored for her work with international students, Stevenson retired as director emerita of the International Center in 2014. Her 31-year career at UCM began as an international student advisor, in addition to teaching in areas of archaeology, higher education administration and academic enrichment. She served as interim director in the areas of specialized services and international admissions and held positions that included director of international student scholar services and interim director and director of international programs. She has recruited UCM students and built positive relationships with university friends and supporters across the globe.

 Stevenson in May 2014 was recognized by NAFSA: Association of International Educators as recipient of the Homer Higbee Award for Distinguished Service for her decades of service to the organization. The same spring, she also received UCM’s John Paul Mees Award for Outstanding Professional Staff, the highest honor given to a member of UCM’s professional staff.