NACEP Accreditation Guide
The Accreditation Guide For Peer Reviewers and Applicants (updated October 2015) includes an interpretation of NACEP’s Standards, the range of acceptable practices, frequently asked questions about the Standards, and advice on assembling a well-designed accreditation application to facilitate peer review.
Self Study ResourcesA concurrent enrollment program (CEP) wishing to become accredited or renew their accreditation should begin their self study one to two years in advance of submitting an accreditation application. During the self study, CEP staff, faculty and partners analyze how they ensure that NACEP standards are being met. Through the self study the CEP documents how it implements the practices and policies described in all 17 of NACEP’s standards.
A self study provides an opportunity for CEPs to become more innovative, strengthen policies and practices, and institute greater transparency and consistency. The self study concludes once the CEP is able to ensure and document that all NACEP standards are being met.
During the self study, prospective applicants are encouraged to access NACEP’s resources to strengthen their CEP program, including:
- The Accreditation Guide For Peer Reviewers and Applicants (updated October 2013) that includes interpretation of NACEP’s Standards, the range of acceptable practices, frequently asked questions about the Standards, and advice on assembling a well-designed accreditation application to facilitate peer review.
- Attending workshops on the Standards and effective program practices at the NACEP national conference.
- Asking NACEP staff and volunteers for advice. NACEP offers a Pre-Accreditation Coaching Program matching an experienced professional from a NACEP-accredited CEP to advise a prospective applicant during the self-study. Members interested in the coaching program should contact Jennie Patteson at email@example.com.
- Soliciting documents, resources, and examples of best practice from peer professionals around the country via the NACEP members-only listserv.
- Review past accreditation applicant webinars, the Survey Guide, evaluation survey templates, and other resources on this webpage.
NACEP staff and volunteer leaders are happy to assist you in conducting your self-study.
Evaluation Survey TemplatesOver many years NACEP has developed and tested these program evaluation survey questions, relieving colleges and universities from having to develop their own surveys.
The NACEP Essential Questions for Evaluation Surveys are required to be used by all NACEP-accredited concurrent enrollment programs as well as all programs seeking NACEP accreditation. Revised versions adopted in 2012 should be used by programs starting the 2012-13 school year. Programs may add additional questions if they want to gather more information or information about a different topic, but they should not delete or alter any of the Essential Questions. Further guidance on allowable modifications to the surveys is available in the NACEP Survey Guide: Resources for Conducting Concurrent Enrollment Evaluation Surveys. This guide prepared by our Research Committee provides advice and guidance on effective practices for administering evaluation surveys.
If you plan to collect responses to these surveys electronically using either SurveyMonkey or Qualtrics, NACEP may be able to provide you with templates you can use. Please contact Eric Hoover firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Beginning in school year 2014-15, NACEP-accredited programs will be required to provide record-level data on the NACEP Essential Questions from their required evaluation surveys to NACEP for aggregation nationally. Data will be collected from members in summer 2015.
The Essential Questions are used to fulfill Program Evaluation Standards E2, E3, and E4. See the Standards for more specific information.
- The E2 survey should be administered annually to all CEP alumni who are one year out of high school, regardless of whether they attend the CEP institution, another postsecondary institution, or are not enrolled in college.
- The E3 survey should be administered at least once every three years to CEP graduates who are four years out of high school.
- The E4 surveys should be administered at least once every three years to participating high school instructors, principals and guidance counselors.
Word Templates Containing Board-approved Essential Questions
Application Forms & Cover sheets
Cover sheets for all standards are available below as PDF forms that you can download, complete, save, and share with colleagues and accreditation reviewers. A completed NACEP cover sheet, or a comparable document you create, is required for each standard, explaining how the institution fulfills the standard and describing the evidence submitted. The coversheets were last updated in May 2015.
Notes: There is a limitation in the Acrobat preview window on certain browsers which prevents display of certain PDF files, including the NACEP-supplied coversheets with fill-in forms. On download they will work fine.
Curriculum Faculty Student Assessment Program Evaluation C1 F1 S1 A1 E1 C2 F2 S2 A2 E2 C3 F3 S3 A3 E3 F4 E4
Second Page for Use with Any Standard
If your narrative requires additional space for a particularly standard, please use this form to add a second page. Please use second pages judiciously as Peer Reviewers appreciate concise writing. Consider including some of the narrative with a specific piece of evidence, rather than the cover sheet.
A1, A2, A3, C2 Assessment Standard Form Files. You can customize the Word template for each discipline individually, or with Word's mail merge feature and the enclosed Excel file to generate all disciplines at once. To use the mail merge feature you must download these two files to the same directory on your computer, they will not work if opened directly from your web browser. On opening the Word template you will need to enable macros.
- Form Template (a Word mail merge)
- Merge Data Table (an Excel file you can edit with your faculty information)
Download all forms (17mb Zip archive)
Programs submit completed accreditation applications electronically via NACEP’s online file management system, including the cover sheets and evidence submitted as documentation for each standard. Please follow NACEP’s Requirements for Preparing Electronic Accreditation Applications in organizing your application.
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