NACEP Standards are measurable criteria that address quality in concurrent enrollment and college provided faculty model programs.
NACEP Standards are measurable criteria that address quality in concurrent enrollment and college provided faculty model programs. The standards are the basis for accreditation, but all concurrent enrollment and college provided faculty model programs can benefit by using the standards as a framework for program development.
The concurrent enrollment standards promote the implementation of policies and practices such that:
- College courses offered in the high school are of the same quality and rigor as the courses offered on-campus at the sponsoring college or university
- Students enrolled in concurrent enrollment courses are held to the same standards of achievement as students in on-campus courses
- Instructors teaching college courses through the concurrent enrollment program meet the academic requirements for faculty and instructors teaching in the sponsoring postsecondary institution and are trained in course delivery and provided ongoing discipline-specific professional development
- Concurrent enrollment programs display greater accountability through program evaluation
The college provided faculty model standards promote the implementation of policies and practices such that:
- Students enrolled in college provided faculty model courses are advised, enrolled, and supported as consistently as traditional students.
- Faculty are informed about policies and practices in relation to teaching high school students
- There is a clear partnership between the high school and college/university which supports this enrollment model.
As the only national set of quality standards applicable to concurrent enrollment partnerships and college provided faculty model programs, NACEP’s standards serve as model standards that have been adapted or incorporated into state policy in 20 states and recognized by multiple disciplinary professional associations and regional institutional accreditors.
NACEP’s concurrent enrollment standards of program quality were first adopted in 2002, revised in 2009, and revised again in 2017. In September 2019, the Accreditation Commission revised the required evidence for Evaluation Standard 2. This change will not go into effect until the 21-22 accreditation cycle. The college provided faculty model was first adopted in October 2019 and will aim to be open to programs by the 2022-23 accreditation cycle.
The 16 revised concurrent enrollment standards and the 13 college provided faculty model standards cover six categories:
- Program Evaluation
Concurrent Enrollment Standards Adopted 2017
- Standards and Required Evidence for Accreditation
- Standards and Updated Required Evidence for Accreditation (starts for 21-22 Accreditation Cycle)
Resources to Learn More About the Concurrent Enrollment Standards
- 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.
- Webinar: Introduction to New Standards Video | Slide Deck