The Accreditation Commission of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) recently granted accreditation to seven new dual and concurrent enrollment programs at colleges and universities nationwide, including Saint Paul College. Receiving NACEP accreditation means an institution has met the nation’s most rigorous standard in concurrent enrollment program development, management, and evaluation across multiple, multifaceted program areas. It is a model criterion for ensuring parity in faculty, course content, student outcomes, and support.
The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) is the leading membership organization supporting programs that successfully transition students from high school to college through college credit-bearing courses. NACEP’s national member network of nearly 500 institutions includes colleges and universities, high schools/school districts, and state agencies actively sharing the latest knowledge about best practices, research, and advocacy.
These seven new additions bring the number of NACEP-accredited programs across the country to 133, spanning 26 states. One other Minnesota institution received accreditation this year, Bethel University. NACEP’s accreditation is valid for five years for initial accreditation, and programs must commit to upholding NACEP’s standards and report annually on program practices across the sixteen standards.
This is an important accreditation for Saint Paul College to receive, shares Greg Rathert:
Dual credit is one of the few strategies shown to strengthen equitable student outcomes. Becoming NACEP accredited is thus a wonderful testament to the overall quality of our concurrent enrollment program. Further, it affirms our commitment to becoming a student-ready college grounded in equity and inclusion.
Greg Rathert, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs
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