NACEP works with state legislators, agencies, and college and university systems to develop quality concurrent enrollment partnerships and hold them accountable to high standards. As the only national set of standards of excellence for concurrent enrollment partnerships, NACEP’s standards now serve as a model for statewide quality standards in 19 states with the addition of Oklahoma and New Hampshire in 2017.
After a year-long stakeholder consultation process, including soliciting advice from NACEP, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education adopted an updated concurrent enrollment policy in May 2017. Prior to the current revision, Oklahoma had been the sole remaining state policy that prohibited the use of high school instructors to teach concurrent enrollment courses (though the Regents had granted exceptions to this policy on a case-by-case basis for a number of years). The Regents new requirements for institutions offering off-campus courses taught by high school instructors mirror a number of NACEP's national standards, including new instructor training, veteran instructor professional development, student evaluation of instruction, campus academic leadership evaluation of instruction, course offerings and student expectations.
Many legislators, including those in the New Hampshire legislature, want to make sure they are investing in high quality education programs when they commit funding to concurrent and dual enrollment. This year, the New Hampshire State Legislature provided funding for dual and concurrent enrollment coursework for the first time, and required school district dual and concurrent enrollment policies to comply with NACEP's standards for accreditation and program development.