NACEP's ten affiliated state and regional chapters offer local professional development and support to concurrent and dual enrollment providers throughout the year. State chapters in Ohio and Arkansas recently held successful conferences sharing best practices, policy developments, and program innovations.
The Ohio Alliance of Dual Enrollment Partnerships (OADEP) held its annual state conference November 16-17 at Columbus State Community College. Nearly 200 college and high school educators attended the two-day event. Dr. Larisa Harper, Director of College Credit Plus at the Ohio Department of Higher Education, gave a keynote address providing updates to state law and policy, and shared statewide data from the first two years of Ohio's College Credit Plus initiative. Karla Krodel, Director of Metro Credit Education Outreach at Youngstown State University, challenged the audience to adopt systems approaches to ensuring under-resourced students participate and succeed in dual enrollment, and shared examples from YSU's learning community efforts. The conference featured a "Crash Course" for those new to College Credit Plus, as well as over a dozen breakout sessions and roundtables on topics ranging from student orientation and advising, quality course delivery, guided pathways, a modern manufacturing initiative, and serving students with disabilities. This year, the conference was preceded by a NACEP workshop on Strategies for Building Quality Partnerships that Lead to Quality Dual Enrollment Instruction. The workshop was led by Christine Denecker, The University of Findlay, and Betsy Desy, Southwest Minnesota State University, who were joined by concurrent enrollment instructors who teach for The University of Findlay. Building on the workshop's success, NACEP is planning to hold a repeat workshop on April 27, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona (details forthcoming).
The Arkansas Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (AACEP) met on November 14 in Bentonville, Arkansas at Northwest Arkansas Community College. NACEP Executive Director Adam Lowe was the keynote speaker, and shared the progress that NACEP and its partners have made in launching the College in High School Alliance to collectively advocate for policies that support high-quality dual and concurrent enrollment and Early College High Schools. Participants also engaged in dialogue about best practices and quality concerns in other models of dual enrollment taught by college instructors, to help inform NACEP's forthcoming effort to adopt national standards and accredit additional dual enrollment models. Jeanne Jones, Coordinator for Academic Programs at the Arkansas Department of Higher Education provided attendees with policy updates. Attendees also elected new officers and participated in discussions about the impact of new funding statutes, including a shift to performance funding for higher education and a statute allowing students eligible for free- and reduced-price lunch to take two concurrent enrollment courses for free.