Accreditation Commission Elections

The following individuals have been nominated for positions on the Accreditation Commission and are appearing on the ballot. The terms for these positions will begin after the April Commission Meeting. Electronic ballots will be distributed on February 9 to the designated voting representative of each NACEP-accredited concurrent enrollment program and are due on February 24, by 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time. If you are the designated voting representative of a NACEP-accredited concurrent enrollment program and have not received your ballot, please contact Eric Hoover (ehoover@nacep.org).

Private Post-Secondary Institutional Representative

  • Dr. Marian Borgmann Ingwersen

    Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP: Marian has been the Director of the Nebraska Wesleyan Honors Academy since 2007. The Honors Academy works with 70 schools in counties across Nebraska and has 160 teachers offering courses in 12 disciplines. As the Director, she oversees communications with schools, designs and works with the registration process, and facilitates all professional development for the program. Marian works with 12 departments on campus and has built a strong reputation for Honors Academy at Nebraska Wesleyan. She has been on the NACEP Accreditation Commission since it began in 2013. Prior to her current position, she was a Biology Professor at Wayne State College in Nebraska for 17 years and before that, taught 7-12 science. She currently is an adjunct to the Biology department at Nebraska Wesleyan.

    Prior service as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer, knowledge of NACEP's standards, and other relevant experience (e.g. with other accrediting organizations): Marian has been a member of the NACEP Accreditation Commission since its inception and is very knowledgeable of the NACEP standards. She is involved with the standards revision process with rest of the Commission. She served on a number of review teams prior to joining the Accreditaton Commission. As a professor, Marian wrote the Biology departmental review for the HLC accreditation at WSC and has reported Honors Academy information during the HLC process at Nebraska Wesleyan.

    Brief statement describing the candidate's interest: This position continues to be of interest to Marian because she enjoys the work and the people involved. She supports the mission of NACEP and considers the Standards and the outstanding programs who utilize them the best models for CE in the country. Marian believes having a long term person on the Commission as we work through the standards revision to be important for understanding how each standard will impact the Commission's ability to review applications.

  • Dr. Christina Parish, Director of Project Advance, Syracuse University

    Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP: Chris joined Syracuse University Project Advance in 2008 as the program administrator for English and Writing, Presentational Speaking, and Sociology courses. She currently is the Director of the program and continues to work closely with faculty on professional development. She is very involved with the international school partnerships. Prior to joining SUPA, she was an Assistant Professor of English at Clayton State University in Georgia, where she taught dually enrolled courses. She has participated in the NACEP annual conferences since 2008 and found participating in the conferences and being a member of a wider network of CEPs to be invaluable. She has had the opportunity to meet and learn from fellow NACEP members about their best practices and the challenges that they face, and her program has been able to collaborate on solutions to common issues.

    Prior service as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer, knowledge of NACEP's standards, and other relevant experience (e.g. with other accrediting organizations): Chris has served as a NACEP peer reviewer for the 2011-12 and 2016-17 accreditation cycles and participated in hearings on the standards at past national conferences. Currently, she is in the process of leading her program’s NACEP reaccreditation application efforts and has assisted with SUPA’s successful reaccreditation application in 2010 under her previous director. She is responsible for overseeing her unit’s annual assessment and action plan as part of SU’s preparations for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation process. She has found the NACEP standards to be an important reminder to always be seeking to improve as a program, and serving as a peer reviewer has allowed her to see how other programs approach professional development, student support, etc., and to consider ways to continue to innovate as a program.

    Brief statement describing the candidate's interest: Chris has had the opportunity to learn a great deal from NACEP colleagues over the years and I believe would enjoy the chance to work with other programs in support of their accreditation efforts and in support of the organization’s mission to maintain a rigorous and comprehensive set of standards and efforts to seek out feedback from NACEP members about the standards. As director of a program that operates in multiple states and with a variety of high school partners across urban, rural, and international settings, she would bring that experience to this role.

Two-Year Postsecondary Institutional Representative

  • Dr. Kayla Westra, Dean of Technology and Distance Learning, Minnesota West Community and Technical College

    Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP:Kayla has worked as both a concurrent enrollment mentor faculty (English faculty, mentor for 9 years) as well as the dean responsible for the concurrent enrollment at Minnesota West CTC for the past 7 years. It has a large geographic service area in rural, outstate Minnesota (19 counties, 22,000 square miles). Minnesota West CTC has been involved in concurrent enrollment programming in area high schools since 1989, and it earned its NACEP accreditation in 2016. Program standards, yearly professional development, rigorous dual enrollment courses, and extensive communication between mentors and high schools are hallmarks of Minnesota West's REACH program. Kayla is also involved in Minnesota's MnCEP organization, which brings together NACEP institutions, public and private, across the state.

    Prior service as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer, knowledge of NACEP's standards, and other relevant experience (e.g. with other accrediting organizations): Kayla is currently a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer and served on two review committees in 2016. She was the lead for Minnesota West's NACEP accreditation application in 2015/2016 and directly involved with demonstrating her institution's knowledge (and implementation) of NACEP standards. Kayla and her organization has continued to proactively build its REACH program, using the NACEP standards to focus their efforts to ensure program quality. Kayla is involved with the MnCEP association, Minnesota's NACEP group for public and private institutions. Kayla is also a Quality Matters peer review, as well as directly involved with Minnesota West CTC's HLC activities, including their current Quality Initiative.

    Brief statement describing the candidate's interest: "I am interested in serving for this position as a way to assist, nation-wide, with quality concurrent enrollment programs. Those involved with accreditation efforts are critical to helping raise the academic bar in many areas of higher education, and this in turn helps us better serve our students as they progress through their post-secondary pathways. Another reason that I am interested in serving in this capacity is that I have found that when I am involved and serving, I can also learn and share that information at my institution, at the state level (MnCEP), and through NACEP, across the nation. Providing a quality education that meets the needs of our students is the calling I have followed for 20+ years."

  • Dr Randy Mead, Executive Dean, Des Moines Area Community College

    Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP: DMACC's concurrent enrollment partnerships have been expanding annually since 1998 when Dr. Mead had the opportunity to be involved in starting this programming. They have grown to serve over 12,000 students and they received NACEP accreditation in 2010. The department works with staff and faculty within DMACC and the high schools to ensure that the standards of NACEP are met. The program has recently implemented Blackboard Community to better connect its concurrent faculty of over 400, and it has just moved to electronic registration for all of its schools. They service 54 school districts in the region utilizing full time advisors and directors, and they operate a budget of over $6 million. DMACC also operates six career academies and three college centers that offer numerous programs that are not available at the local schools. In addition, Dr. Mead is currently involved in state initiatives and committees that work to formulate state policy and procedures for administering these programs. Prior service as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer, knowledge of NACEP's standards, and other relevant experience (e.g. with other accrediting organizations): I have served on the Accreditation Commission for three years now. The experience has allowed me to learn a great deal about NACEP and gain valuable insight from others. This has given me the opportunity to be involved in numerous reviews submitted for accreditation. I know this experience will continue to allow me to expand my understanding of trends and practices in concurrent enrollment and gain some valuable experiences in leadership while ensuring that the NACEP standards are upheld. I hope that I can also share some of my experiences to ensure that the NACEP experience is a valuable one. I have gone through the process of implementing DMACC concurrent enrollment and making sure it adheres to NACEP standards. I have also been involved in our AQIP process. Brief statement describing the candidate's interest: I have continued interest in serving on the commission because I feel I can represent community colleges well. I want to learn more about NACEP, and I know the opportunity to serve in this capacity will enable me to grow professionally by gaining valuable knowledge of quality programming nationally. I can also share some experiences which have allowed me to grow professionally and hopefully benefit others.
  • Four-Year Postsecondary Institutional Representative

    • Reba Vest, Professional Development Coordinator, Utah Valley University

      Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP:Reba has worked in concurrent enrollment at Utah Valley University for 8 months as the Professional Development Coordinator. She orients new high school adjuncts in concurrent enrollment and familiarizes them with concurrent enrollment policies and procedures. Reba also plans our annual professional development conference where our high school adjuncts receive department specific training. She hosts approximately 500 attendees. This past fall Reba developed a new training for our on-campus department liaisons. The liaisons left the training with a much better understanding of the scope and importance of their role in concurrent enrollment. She is also working on professional development for our high school administrators as well as strategic planning to assist them in building their concurrent enrollment programs.

      Prior service as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer, knowledge of NACEP's standards, and other relevant experience (e.g. with other accrediting organizations): Reba is the lead on UVU's NACEP accreditation team and attended NACEP's Accreditation Institute. She has become very familiar with NACEP's accreditation standards. Prior to working at UVU, Reba was involved in the accreditation of Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts; an institution which was accredited in its first year of operation. Since then, Reba has been on the accreditation review teams for several other schools through AdvancEd (Northwest) Accreditation.

      Brief statement describing the candidate's interest: Utah Valley University Concurrent Enrollment highly values our affiliation with NACEP and the credibility national accreditation brings to our program. Reba would like to continue to advance the work of the national organization and help other programs work toward and achieve their goals through accreditation.

    • Dr. Terry Barmann, Director, Northwest Missouri State University

      Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP Terry has been the Director of Dual Credit at Northwest Missouri State University since 2012.  During that period, Northwest achieved NACEP accreditation.  Terry has served as an institutional representative on many state-wide task forces.  He is currently serving as co-chair of the state steering committee for concurrent enrollment.  Fall 2016 a pilot dual credit program was launched involving online dual credit with web conferencing.

      Prior service as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer, knowledge of NACEP's standards, and other relevant experience (e.g. with other accrediting organizations): Peer Review Team member 2015-16. Lead Peer Review Team (2) 2016-17. Lead NACEP accreditation process, achieved accreditation 2015. Served as reviewer for NCATE and Missouri Program Approval process.

      Brief statement describing the candidate's interest: I respect the functioning of NACEP and welcome the opportunity to be involved with the NACEP Accreditation Commission.  I would like the opportunity to contribute to the future success of the NACEP organization.