Now in its second decade, NACEP has emerged as the national forum for concurrent enrollment. The first national meeting of the concurrent enrollment professionals who ultimately founded NACEP was convened by Syracuse University at the American Association for Higher Education conference in March 1997. At a meeting in 1999, 20 founding institutions officially established NACEP by adopting bylaws and a mission statement.
At NACEP’s national conferences, concurrent enrollment leaders from around the nation have gathered to share best practices, present research findings, and discuss state policy developments. As of October 2018 NACEP has member institutions in 48 states, including:
- 306 two-year colleges
- 155 four-year universities
- 72 high schools and school districts
- 46 state agencies, system offices or partner organizations
Standards of Excellence Ensure True College Courses and College Credit for Students
A key concern of the leaders who established NACEP was the quality of college classes offered to high school students by concurrent enrollment partnerships. NACEP’s members include some of the nation’s oldest and most prominent concurrent enrollment partnerships, who share a common belief that institutions of higher education should follow certain best practices to ensure the quality of college classes taught by high school teachers.
To this end, NACEP adopted national standards in 2002 that include measurable criteria in five categories that are markers of excellent concurrent enrollment programs: curriculum, faculty, students, assessment, and program evaluation. In 2004, the first four concurrent enrollment programs were accredited after a team of peers carefully reviewed documentation on how each program met NACEP’s Standards.
There are 107 concurrent enrollment programs accredited by NACEP as of May 2018, including: 69 two-year public colleges, 30 four-year public universities, and 8 four-year private colleges and universities. The Standards were revised in December 2009 after two years of member feedback, recommendations from experienced accreditation reviewers, and considerable deliberation by NACEP’s Board of Directors. In 2016, the Accreditation Commission took on the task of revising the 2009 standards to make sure the standards continued to reflect best practices for concurrent enrollment programs. After much deliberation and feedback, the newly revised standards were passed in May 2017. A new area of focus was added the standards to include partnerships.