New England Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships

MISSION

The New England Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NEACEP) works to promote the value, quality, and advocacy of concurrent enrollment partnerships across New England supporting greater access to higher education consistent with the mission of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.

HISTORY

NEACEP is pleased to hold the title of the first regional chapter of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.  The NACEP Board of Directors voted to approve NEACEP’s Application to be an affiliated Regional Chapter of NACEP on July 9, 2015.

NEACEP was founded in November of 2013 at an 

organizing meeting at Manchester Community College (New Hampshire), just a few months after NACEP announced that it had started to accept applications for organizations to become state or regional chapters. The attendees of the first meeting, approximately 40 dual and concurrent enrollment professionals from all six New England states, voted that day to pursue the Application to become a Regional Chapter of NACEP, agreed on the name New England Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, and formed a Steering Committee with one volunteer from each state.

A year later, in November 2014, NEACEP offered its first annual professional development program, co-sponsored by NACEP, at Nashua Community College (New Hampshire), entitled “The New NEASC Standards for Dual Enrollment:  Understanding the Impact for Our Colleges.”  In January 2015, NEACEP requested applications for membership and a vote on By-laws. The first election of officers and members-at-large for the Board of Directors occurred in March 2015.  The newly elected Board of Directors assumed office on July 1, 2015 and first met on July 9, 2015.

The main impetus for the foundation of NEACEP was a day-long conference on May 29, 2013, at the University of Connecticut Storrs Campus, jointly sponsored by UConn’s Early College Experience program and NACEP.  This conference, entitled “Concurrent and Dual Enrollment in New England:  Innovation and Trends,” was attended by over a hundred dual and concurrent enrollment professionals in New England, from high schools and colleges, state departments of education, and regional educational organizations.  All the attendees of this conference were invited to the first organizing meeting six months later.