Accreditation Commission Elections

The following individuals were elected to the Accreditation Commission after the elections were held.

  • Christina Parish, Syracuse University, 4-year Private Representative
  • Randy Mead, Des Moines Area Community College, 2-year Representative.
  • Terry Barmann, Northwest Missouri State University-Kansas City, 4-year Public Representative.

Private Post-Secondary Institutional Representative

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.[/acc_item] [/accordion]

Two-Year Postsecondary Institutional Representative

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.[/acc_item]

Four-Year Postsecondary Institutional Representative

Dr. Terry Barmann, Director, Northwest Missouri State University-Kansas City

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.[/acc_item][/accordion]