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Aug. 6, 2015
By Nikeila Jensen, media relations assistant
Northwest Missouri State University faculty and staff gathered Tuesday with faculty representing partner high schools to celebrate the University’s accreditation by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).
NACEP granted national accreditation to concurrent enrollment programs offered by 12 colleges and universities, including Northwest, last spring. The accredited institutions provide college credit-bearing courses taught by college-approved high school teachers to high school students.
Loralee Stevens, who serves on NACEP’s Board of Directors and as assistant dean of community outreach at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan., coached Northwest through the rigorous accreditation process and congratulated Northwest on its success.
“NACEP accreditation is a really important and good way to set yourself apart from other concurrent enrollment programs in the nation,” Stevens said.
Northwest Provost Dr. Timothy Mottet challenged instructors to enact Northwest’s mission of focusing on student success – every student, every day – by being available, challenging students, holding them accountable and ensuring no student feels invisible.
“It’s important to us and it’s meaningful to us because it’s what we are, it’s what we do and we take great pride in that,” Mottet said. “We work on student success and we try and do that every student every day to the best of our abilities.”
NACEP accreditation is based on 17 national standards of quality that ensure high school students enrolled in dual credit courses receive college level coursework. Institutions receiving NACEP accreditation are expected to hold dual credit high school students to the same standards expected of college students.
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.
For more information about Northwest’s dual credit program, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/kc/dualcredit/.
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