First recognition of programs in Colorado, Georgia, and West Virginia that demonstrated high levels of academic oversight for college courses taught by high school instructors
May 2, 2018, Chapel Hill, NC - The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) Accreditation Commission announced that it granted accreditation to concurrent enrollment programs offered by 13 colleges and universities, including the first programs accredited in the states of Colorado, Georgia, and West Virginia. The Commission's actions bring the total number of accredited programs across the country to 107 in twenty-three states.
Through the non-governmental peer review accreditation model offered by NACEP, high quality concurrent enrollment programs demonstrate that the academic integrity of their college courses are maintained in the high school setting. These institutions commit resources, particularly faculty time and effort, to ensuring that appropriate levels of academic oversight occur. Campus faculty maintain control over college curriculum, student learning objectives, and how to assess student learning in the course. High school teachers who have the credentials necessary to serve as college instructors teach these courses, after receiving training and receiving ongoing mentoring from college faculty in the discipline.
"We are excited that Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is the first college in Georgia to earn NACEP accreditation for their Dual Enrollment program, validating the tremendous work being done at the college," said Matt Arthur, Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia. "As more high school students in Georgia earn college credit at one of the 22 colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia, we remain committed to offering programs of the highest quality statewide."
As the only national set of standards of excellence for concurrent enrollment partnerships, NACEP's standards serve as a model for statewide quality standards in 19 states. "Increasingly state legislators, state higher education agencies, and postsecondary system offices like TCSG turn to NACEP to support their colleges and universities in pursuing program improvement," noted Adam Lowe, NACEP Executive Director. "The collective impact that establishing and upholding system- or state-wide quality standards has on student success and credit transfer is notable in states that encourage NACEP accreditation."
To earn accreditation from NACEP, concurrent enrollment programs conduct a self-study and document how their programs adhere to NACEP's standards in the areas of faculty, curriculum, assessment, students, and program evaluation. A team of representatives from NACEP‐accredited programs conduct a rigorous review of the program's portfolio of evidence, culminating in a final review and decision by the 9 member NACEP Accreditation Commission. NACEP's accreditation is valid for seven years, during which programs are expected to uphold NACEP's standards and report annually on program practices.
Institutions housing programs that received accreditation for the first time are:
- Alexandria Technical and Community College (MN)
- Community College of Denver (CO)
- Eastern Washington University (WA)
- Inver Hills Community College (MN)
- Mineral Area College (MO)
- West Virginia State University (WV)
- Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (GA)
The programs that received re-accreditation are located at:
- Indiana University (IN)
- Minnesota State University – Mankato (MN)
- Pennsylvania College of Technology (PA)
- Portland State University (OR)
- Syracuse University (NY)
- University of Missouri – St. Louis (MO)
"This is a tremendous honor for our program, and one that we hope will lead to even more high school students taking part in the Yellow Jacket Connection," said West Virginia State University President Anthony L. Jenkins. "To be the only program in the state accredited by NACEP shows the importance we place in adhering to the highest standards for all of our students taking classes from WVSU."
These programs were evaluated under the current program quality standards, which first became effective January 2011. Starting fall 2018, the 107 programs holding NACEP's accreditation will be expected to align with NACEP's newly-revised standards, adopted in May 2017. As of now, the scope of NACEP's standards and accreditation applies to the concurrent enrollment model of college-credit bearing courses taught to high school students by college-approved high school teachers. Last October, NACEP announced plans to expand the scope of its accreditation process to encompass multiple models of delivering dual enrollment courses to high school students. Over the next two years, NACEP's Accreditation Commission will develop standards for academic and program quality for dual enrollment models taught by college instructors and those team-taught by college and high school instructors.
The full listing of 107 programs nationwide currently accredited by NACEP can be found at:
The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) is the leading membership organization supporting programs that successfully transition students from high school to college through college credit-bearing courses. We promote quality programming through national standards, accreditation, and professional development. Our members offer college courses to high school students through a variety of delivery methods and use a range of terms such as concurrent enrollment, dual enrollment, dual credit, and early college. NACEP's national network of over 450 colleges and universities, 70 high schools and school districts and 30 state agencies and system offices actively share the latest knowledge about best practices, research and advocacy.