NACEP Accreditation Guide
The Accreditation Guide for Peer Reviewers and Applicants 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. It was updated in January 2018 to include guidance related to the implementation of the newly-revised standards that come into effect the 2018-19 school year.
The 2015 edition of the Accreditation Guide is available for use by programs applying for accreditation in summer 2018.
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 16 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 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 an Accreditation Institute workshop or presentations 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 TemplatesThe NACEP Essential Questions for Evaluation Surveys are required to be used by all NACEP-accredited concurrent enrollment programs through the 2017-18 school year, as well as all programs seeking NACEP accreditation in summer 2018. Under the 2017 revisions to the Standards [link], programs have greater flexibility in the methods used for program evaluation. Programs new to program evaluation are encouraged to utilize NACEP's survey templates. Programs with greater evaluation experience may continue to use or adapt NACEP’s survey templates, or conduct evaluations using alternative research methods and data collection techniques. The Accreditation Guide [link] contains advice for programs using alternative research methods.
Further advice and guidance on effective practices for administering evaluation surveys is available in the NACEP Survey Guide: Resources for Conducting Concurrent Enrollment Evaluation Surveys. NACEP is developing additional program evaluation guidance and resources aligned with the 2017 revisions to the standards.
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.
Word Templates Containing Board-approved Essential Questions
Application Forms & Cover sheets
The cover sheets were last updated in May 2015, and can be used for applications submitted through summer 2018. New cover sheets will be developed to align with the 2017 revisions to the Standards for applications submitted starting summer 2019.
Notes: There is a limitation in the Acrobat preview window on certain browsers which prevents display of certain PDF files, including the NACEP-supplied cover sheets 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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