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May 5, 2015
The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) has announced its granting of national accreditation to concurrent enrollment programs offered by 12 colleges and universities – including Northwest Missouri State University – 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 high schools match the standards of the sponsoring college or university.
“I'm very pleased to recognize the Dual Credit Program at Northwest Missouri State University as one of a select group of 97 concurrent enrollment partnerships nationwide accredited through NACEP's extensive peer-review process,” NACEP Accreditation Commission Chair Jaclyn Dumond said. “Northwest Missouri State University has demonstrated to its peers that the college courses it offers in high schools are of the same high-quality as college courses offered on campus.”
Northwest’s dual credit program allows high school students to earn college credit from the University while still in high school. Courses are taught by high school faculty at the enrolled students’ home high schools, and Northwest is piloting online courses taught by campus faculty. To enroll, students must be recommended by their high school and meet Northwest admission standards.
“Northwest has once again established itself as a national leader in education,” Northwest Director of Outreach Dr. Terrence Barmann said. “The NACEP accreditation has ensured that dual credit students are actually taking an authentic Northwest course in their respective high school. A strong collaborative effort between Northwest and partner school districts has provided high school students with a pathway to reduce time of college completion at a cost savings.”
Northwest is among five institutions in Missouri to receive NACEP accreditation, which reflects Missouri’s rich history of providing dual credit, Dr. Rusty Monhollon, assistant commissioner for academic affairs at the Missouri Department of Higher Education, said.
“Missouri’s dual credit policy reflects a commitment to high quality and integrity, and there’s no better way to ensure that a program is abiding by these principles than to earn NACEP accreditation,” Monhollon said.
To earn accreditation from NACEP, concurrent enrollment programs conduct a self-study, document how their programs adhere to NACEP’s 17 standards and undergo a rigorous peer-review process conducted by reviewers from NACEP-accredited programs. NACEP’s standards were developed and refined over many years, serve as a model for quality standards in 16 states and are implemented by a wide range of higher education institutions.
The NACEP Accreditation Commission manages NACEP’s accreditation process, reviews Peer Review Team reports and makes accreditation decisions. The full listing of 97 programs nationwide currently accredited by NACEP is available at http://nacep.org/docs/accreditation/NACEPAccreditedPrograms.pdf.
More information about Northwest’s dual credit program is available at www.nwmissouri.edu/kc/dualcredit/.
NACEP works to ensure that college courses offered in high schools are as rigorous as courses offered on the sponsoring college campus. As the sole accrediting body for concurrent enrollment partnerships, NACEP helps programs adhere to the highest standards so students experience a seamless transition to college and teachers benefit from meaningful, ongoing professional development. To advance the field and support its national network of 322 colleges and universities, 35 high schools and school districts, and 20 state agency and system office partners, NACEP actively shares knowledge about best practices, research, and advocacy.
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