The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) granted national accreditation to concurrent enrollment programs offered by 15 colleges and universities, including the first program in Wyoming to be accredited by NACEP, stretching NACEP’s accreditation impact from coast-to-coast. Accreditation is awarded to concurrent enrollment programs that provide college credit-bearing courses to high school students taught by college-approved high school teachers. As the only national set of quality standards applicable to concurrent enrollment partnerships, NACEP’s standards serve as the model criteria for ensuring that the course content and expectations for student work in concurrent enrollment match those on the campus of the sponsoring college or university.
Concurrent enrollment programs at the following colleges earned initial accreditation or reaccreditation:
“By taking advantage of opportunities such as concurrent enrollment, Minnesota students are accessing college earlier, and families are saving thousands of dollars,” said Steven Rosenstone, chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. “Accreditation by NACEP further demonstrates that the programs offered by our colleges and universities adhere to the highest standards and provide a seamless transition to college.”
To earn accreditation from NACEP, concurrent enrollment programs conduct a self-study, document how their programs adhere to NACEP’s seventeen standards, and undergo a rigorous peer-review process conducted by a team of representatives from NACEP‐accredited programs as well as the NACEP Accreditation Commission. The Commission's commitment to public disclosure includes a complete Record of Decisions reached at its spring meeting that ended April 13.
“Policymakers are increasingly looking towards dual and concurrent enrollment as a fundamental way to improve a student’s chance for college success while reducing the cost of college to families,” noted NACEP Executive Director Adam Lowe. “If students are to fully realize the benefits of concurrent enrollment, institutions must devote adequate resources and develop effective systems to oversee the academic quality of these courses – which these fifteen programs have demonstrated by implementing our national standards of program excellence.”
NACEP’s standards were developed and refined over many years, serve as a model for quality standards in seventeen states and three disciplinary professional organizations, and are implemented by a wide range of higher education institutions.
NACEP-accredited programs recently elected Bretton DeLaria of St. Louis University to join the NACEP Accreditation Commission as a Four-year Postsecondary Institutional Representative and Katie Bucci of Broom Community College (NY) as a Two-Year Postsecondary Institutional Representative. NACEP also announces the appointment of Victoria Zeppelin of Tompkins Cortland Community College (NY) as the Chair of the Commission, a role held since the Commission's establishment in 2013 by Jaclyn Dumond of University of Southern Indiana. Deanna Jessup of Indiana University fills the new Vice Chair of the Commission, the position previously held by Ms. Zeppelin.
The full listing of 98 programs nationwide currently accredited by NACEP can be found at: