February 7, 2017, Chapel Hill, NC - The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) announced that its Board of Directors has approved the affiliation of a new state chapter: the Indiana Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (INCEP). INCEP joins eight other state and regional affiliated chapters of NACEP, including chapters in Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, New England, Ohio and Utah.
“At NACEP conferences it became apparent that there was a vacuum for a collective forum and organization that supports all concurrent enrollment and dual credit stakeholders in Indiana. With the assistance of high school, college, university and state agency representatives we agreed to formalize our relationship to bring together these varied voices in concurrent enrollment,” said Patrick Cannon, Academic Director of Concurrent Enrollment at Purdue University Northwest, President of the new chapter. Other chapter officers include: President-Elect Doug Harter, Assistant Principal, Hamilton Southeastern High School; Secretary Jennifer Berry, Director of College and Career Readiness, Indiana Department of Education; and Treasurer Ely Sena-Martin, Assistant Provost, Oakland City University.
Dual credit programs in Indiana have become very popular with students and parents. A majority (52%) of 2014 Indiana high school graduates completed at least one college course through dual credit; an increase from 39% in 2012 according to the Indiana Commission on Higher Education. The Commission's data shows that students who complete dual credit courses are more likely to enroll in postsecondary education within a year following high school graduation, as compared with those who do not earn pre-college credit. Independent research published by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance found that Hoosier college students who had completed dual credit are more likely to place out of remedial courses, pass all their first-year courses, and persist to sophomore year than colleges students who had not taken dual credit courses.
The most popular form of dual credit in Indiana is concurrent enrollment – college credit-bearing courses taught by college-approved high school instructors. Vincennes University was the first to offer such courses starting in 1974. These programs got a significant boost in the past decade with legislative support and funding from the General Assembly. To assure the quality of these courses and improve transferability, all public postsecondary institutions offering concurrent enrollment courses must earn NACEP accreditation or otherwise seek state approval from the Indiana Commission on Higher Education. Some private institutions have additionally received approval from the Commission.
“The State and Regional Council of NACEP noted that Indiana has the organization, leaders, and interest to ensure the chapter’s success. Further, the Council felt that Indiana would be a great addition to our growing number of affiliated chapters and appreciated their support and encouragement of secondary partners’ leadership roles,” said Jennie Patteson, Director of Accreditation and Member Services for NACEP.
Founding members of INCEP include Purdue University Northwest, Indiana University Bloomington, Oakland City University, Ivy Tech Community College, Vincennes University, University of Southern Indiana, Indiana State University, Hamilton Southeastern School Corporation, Indiana Department of Education, Indiana Commission for Higher Education, and Ball State University.
The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) is a membership organization that supports programs that successfully transition students from high school to college through college credit-bearing courses. We promote quality programming through national standards, accreditation, and professional development. Our members offer college courses to high school students through a variety of delivery methods and use a range of terms such as concurrent enrollment, dual enrollment, dual credit, and early college. NACEP's national network of 400 colleges and universities, 50 high schools and school districts and 25 state agencies and system offices actively share the latest knowledge about best practices, research and advocacy.
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