The NACEP Board of Directors granted accreditation to four concurrent enrollment programs at its October 2010 meeting. NACEP is pleased to announce the following programs have demonstrated to their peers their commitment to offering high quality concurrent enrollment coursework:
- Des Moines Area Community College’s Career Advantage in Des Moines, Iowa
- Minnesota State University-Mankato’s Concurrent Enrollment program in Mankato, Minn.
- Southern Arkansas University’s Concurrent Enrollment program in Magnolia, Ark.
- Southwest Minnesota State University’s College Now in Marshall, Minn.
“NACEP accreditation represents a significant transformation for the program both in policy and function,” said Dr. Vernon Harlan, Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Services at Southwest Minnesota State University. “Due to the rigorous accreditation process, we have enhanced the integrity of our program, increased our staffing, and improved our offerings so that we can better serve our partnering schools.”
NACEP’s standards—measurable criteria addressing concurrent enrollment program quality—are the basis for accreditation. The standards promote the implementation of policies and practices to ensure that:
- Concurrent enrollment courses offered in the high school are the same 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 or university courses through the concurrent enrollment program meet the academic requirements for faculty and instructors teaching in the sponsoring postsecondary institution.
Additionally, the standards encourage greater accountability for concurrent enrollment programs through required impact studies, student surveys, and course and program evaluations.
The addition of four newly accredited programs bring the number of NACEP-accredited programs to 57 including 31 two-year public colleges, 21 four-year public universities, and 5 four-year private universities. Arkansas has the most accredited programs with 15, followed by New York with 14.
Seventeen programs submitted applications in the 2010-11 accreditation cycle. Applications were scanned for completeness by one of four coordinators who then sent fifteen of the applications on for peer review. The current accreditation cohort includes reaccreditation applications from programs first accredited in 2004. Applications submitted in the 2010-2011 review cycle are the last to be reviewed under the original standards adopted in 2002. Programs submitting applications in the 2011-2012 review cycle will be judged by the evidence submitted documenting adherence to the 2011 standards.