Accreditation Commission Nominees for 2018 – 2019

Two Year Postsecondary Institutional Representative

  • Nate Huseman, English Lead Faculty, Laramie County Community College

    Length of time spent working in CE: 4 years
    Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP:

    Currently I work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP as lead faculty and lead peer reviewer. I presented at regional and national conferences. In my role as lead faculty, I collaborated with both high school and college officials to facilitate the movement of English coursework in the school districts from whole year to single semester, thus providing students in our concurrent enrollment programs additional pathways as they move from secondary to post-secondary education. Additionally, I have held retreats for my faculty to discuss syllabi and policies, curriculum alignment, and assessment and taught master-level courses to orient faculty new to concurrent enrollment. I collaborated with my predecessor in aligning our program with NACEP standards as evidenced by my assistance in creating LCCC’s handbook for Concurrent Enrollment Program adjunct faculty. I have a clear understanding of the NACEP standards and how they are utilized for quality programming.

    Prior service as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer, knowledge of NACEP's standards, and other relevant experience (e.g. with other accrediting organizations):
    I served as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer. I am very familiar with the NACEP Standards as seen with the presentations I have given. I participated in presenting on webinars for NACEP. I am a subject matter expert on faculty standards.
    April 2017 - NACEP Western Regional Conference (Missoula, MT) - The Road to Oz and Westworld: The Future of Faculty Standards
    March 2017 - NACEP Faculty Standards Webinar
    October 2017 - NACEP National Conference (Washington, DC)
    Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position:
    I want to work with institutions to provide the best possible pathways for students as they transition from secondary to post-secondary education. I would like to assist with streamlining NACEP's accreditation process making Peer Review Team reports substantive. I would be a thoughtful member when deliberating and voting on accreditation decisions, and developing accreditation-related policies.
  • Connie Poteet, Concurrent Credit Coordinator, National Park Community College

    Length of time spent working in CE: 5 years
    Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP:
    I have worked in my current role as the Concurrent Credit Coordinator with National Park College (NPC) for four years. Recently, Arkansas has become an affiliated state chapter with NACEP and I proudly serve as the President. I was instrumental in developing this chapter and promoting an environment of cohesiveness within the state. I also serve as a member on the NACEP State and Regional Council. Beginning in 2013 to present, I am serving on the NPC’s Higher Learning Commission Transition Team. Previously I served on NPC’s 2012-2015 Strategic Planning Committee. In 2016, I was a panelist for “The Benefits and Challenges in Starting a State or Regional NACEP Chapter.” I hosted the Arkansas Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (AACEP) State Meetings Spring 2015 and 2016. I coordinated and led Arkansas Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (AACEP) State Meetings Fall 2015, 2016 and Spring 2017.
    Prior service as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer, knowledge of NACEP's standards, and other relevant experience (e.g. with other accrediting organizations):
    When I accepted the position as Concurrent Coordinator, National Park College was up for re-accreditation. To aid in my preparation for the re-accreditation process, I volunteered to serve as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer. I have served for two years as a NACEP peer reviewer. I served as a peer reviewer for one year and a lead reviewer for one year.
    Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position:
    I am interested in this position to continue the culture of student success. I strive to do all things that may improve the overall student success and the success of the concurrent program at my institution. Becoming a member of this Board will strengthen my knowledge and understanding to reinforce the benefits of being a NACEP accredited institution. This position will allow me to gain professional experience, promote personal growth and self-esteem, build lasting friendships, allow me to feel like I have made a difference and allow me to give something back to the organization that has had an impact on concurrent enrollment.

Four Year Postsecondary Institutional Representative

  • Ronald Brownie, Director, Online & Continuing Education, Northern State University

    Length of time spent working in CE: 6.5 years
    Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP:
    The NSU Office of Online & Continuing Education (OCE) is responsible for collaborating with the College of Arts and Sciences and South Dakota High School Administrators to schedule Concurrent Enrollment courses. Additionally, OCE is responsible for registering all CE students enrolled in NSU Sponsored Concurrent Enrollment courses.
    Prior service as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer, knowledge of NACEP's standards, and other relevant experience (e.g. with other accrediting organizations):
    Peer reviewer for two institutions beginning fall 2017. Lead the NSU NACEP Accreditation process receiving accreditation in 2017. The NSU Accreditation team received multiple accolades from NACEP Peer Reviewers on how complete and thorough the NSU packet was. I continue to champion the NACEP Accreditation program at NSU and within the South Dakota Board of Regents system.
    Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position:
    I continually seek opportunities to collaborate with high school administrators to streamline processes and procedures for concurrent enrollment programs. The OCE staff reduced registration form from nine pages to two minimizing HS administrative processing time to approximately 15 minutes. Currently, I am working with Technology staff to develop new processes to import electronic registration data directly to student information system decreasing staff processing time and expedite the registration confirmation process for registered students. Additionally, OCE staff is preparing to implement an electronic signature/approval workflow further reducing the administrative burden for HS administrators.
  • Bretton DeLaria, Director, 1818 Advanced College Credit Program, St. Louis University

    Length of time spent working in CE: 5 years
    Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP:
    I have over five years experience in concurrent enrollment. I currently serve as the Director of the 1818 Advanced College Credit Program, the premier dual credit program of Saint Louis University. In that role, I have grown the program to serve over 6,000 students in 8 states and three countries. I have expansive knowledge of state policy surrounding concurrent enrollment. In addition, I serve of the Missouri Department of Higher Education’s Early College Advisory Board, I am the resident expert for Noodle.com on dual credit, and have advised state legislatures across the country on concurrent enrollment. In addition, I am very familiar with accreditation processes having worked with the ACCSB (premier accreditor of Business schools) before my time with NACEP. During my time with NACEP, I have been extremely active. I served as a peer reviewer, presented at the last three national conferences on a variety of topics, volunteered for the organization, provided sponsorship to the conference, and currently am finishing my first term as an Accreditation Commissioner. As a commissioner, I have dedicated my time to building the momentum of quality concurrent enrollment through presenting at accreditation institutes in person and online, help advise applicants, and am the creator and featured resident on NACEP’S “Ask a Commissioner” vlog series.
    Prior service as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer, knowledge of NACEP's standards, and other relevant experience (e.g. with other accrediting organizations):
    As noted before, I have a long standing dedication to the success of NACEP. I have taken leadership on the commission and helped pushed the revision of the standards, review of current processes, and clarification of policies. I worked tirelessly adopting NACEP as a second full-time job. I have provided experience and time in volunteering at Accreditation Institutes, answering questions on the vlog series, and been a reliable voice for post-secondary members on the accreditation commission. I have worked tirelessly on the recent standard revisions bringing focus and vision, have been an outspoken critic to the Board regarding the necessity for expanding NACEP’s scope, and am an asset that should not be lost.
    Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position:
    I have a continued vested interest in seeing NACEP succeed and ensuring that NACEP upholds and uplifts program to adopt quality standards. My work with and outside of NACEP speaks to my desire to ensure quality across the Board. My prior service as a commissioner has allowed me to be a vocal advocate for post-secondary partners and provide fresh prospective on the Commission. I wish to continue to serve to complete the work that has been started with the new standards and with the process of expanding the scope of NACEP’s accreditation.
  • Reba Vest, Professional Development Coordinator, Utah Valley University

    Length of time spent working in CE: 18 months
    Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP:
    I am the Professional Development Coordinator for Utah Valley University's concurrent enrollment program. I organize UVU's annual professional development conference, facilitate new instructor training, coordinate site visits and meetings between the liaisons and the high school instructors, and am heading up UVU's NACEP accreditation team. I have attended two NACEP national conferences, one NACEP regional conference, and three NACEP accreditation training sessions.
    Prior service as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer, knowledge of NACEP's standards, and other relevant experience (e.g. with other accrediting organizations):
    I served as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer during the current school year. I worked on two applications and enjoyed the opportunity. I am currently working in UVU's NACEP accreditation application and am extremely familiar with the NACEP standards. I have attended three accreditation training sessions which are all about the standards and plan on attending another one soon in order to become more familiar with the new standards. I also served as a member of several high school accreditation review teams for AdvanceD, which is affiliated with Northwest Accreditation.
    Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position:
    I have been with UVU concurrent enrollment for 18 months and during that time I have shown a keen interest in learning everything I can about concurrent enrollment, NACEP, and the accreditation process. I am a team player and have a lot of knowledge and skills to add to the NACEP Accreditation Commission. NACEP accreditation is a great asset for all concurrent enrollment programs and I am committed to spreading the word and helping non-accredited programs see the advantages of this important process. I am excited at the possibility of serving on the Accreditation Commission.