Benefits of Accreditation
Higher education institutions in the United States utilize nongovernmental peer-review accreditation as an essential component of external review for quality assurance and quality improvement of educational programs. Since 2004, NACEP has served as a national accrediting body for concurrent enrollment partnership programs. As of May 2021, 131 concurrent enrollment programs in 27 states hold NACEP's national accreditation.
Accreditation is awarded to programs after a comprehensive peer review by a team of experienced representatives of NACEP-accredited concurrent enrollment partnerships. Applicants conduct a self-study and prepare an accreditation application with evidence documenting how the college or university implements NACEP’s 16 national standards for program quality in the areas of: curriculum, faculty, students, assessment, partnerships, and program evaluation.
- Serves as a guarantee to students, policy-makers, and other post-secondary institutions that the accredited partnership meets rigorous national standards
- Distinguishes a concurrent enrollment partnership, thereby enhancing its ability to recruit new partners and students
- Aids students and families when they seek credit recognition for their college credits earned through concurrent enrollment
- Allows programs to display the NACEP logo on their websites and in other publications
- Offers national leadership opportunities to concurrent enrollment professionals. Staff from NACEP-accredited concurrent enrollment programs may hold an elected position on the NACEP Board of Directors or be appointed as a Committee Chair to help shape the future of concurrent enrollment around the country.
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