| MAC Earns National Accreditation for Dual Enrollment Courses Taught in High Schools
| 5/6/2018 1:00:00 AM
| By: Sarah Haas, Director of College Communications
| (May 2, 2017, Chapel Hill, NC) – The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) Accreditation Commission announced that it granted accreditation to concurrent enrollment programs (such as the one taught in high schools for MAC credit) offered by 13 colleges and universities. The commission's actions bring the total number of accredited programs across the country to 107 in 23 states, and MAC is now one of them.
The 2017-18 Chair of NACEP's Accreditation Commission Victoria Zeppelin of the Tompkins Cortland Community College said: "I'm very pleased to recognize the Dual Credit Program at Mineral Area College as one of a select group of one hundred and seven concurrent enrollment partnerships nationwide accredited through NACEP's extensive peer-review process. Mineral Area College 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."
As enrollment trends have shifted – the 2008 economic downturn saw record enrollment numbers at colleges and universities, followed a few years later by drops in traditional enrollment and boosts in dual-credit/enrollment programs offered with high schools-- Mineral Area College began to pursue the gold standard of accreditation from NACEP.
MAC’s Dual Credit Director Julie Downs and Accreditation Coordinator Leslie Evans have put about two years’ worth of work into achieving NACEP’s “seal of approval,” which assures that the classes MAC offers for credit in high schools demonstrate the same academic integrity as the courses taught on MAC’s campus. The accreditation, which requires regular reporting and check-ups, is good until the 2024-25 academic year.
“This accreditation was possible because of the hard work and dedication of MAC faculty and the dual credit teachers all showing a commitment ensuring dual credit students have the best educational experiences,” Downs said.
“The accreditation process was extensive, but extremely rewarding to see the positive impact of dual credit courses for our students,” Evans said.
While campus faculty maintain control over what is taught, what the student is expected to learn, and how the student is tested, high school teachers have the credentials necessary to serve as college instructors teaching these courses after they receive training and ongoing mentoring from college faculty in the discipline.
As the only national set of standards of excellence for concurrent enrollment partnerships, NACEP's standards serve as a model for statewide quality standards in 19 states. During this round, for instance, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, overseen by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), became the first college in the state to receive NACEP accreditation. Missouri has 13 NACEP-accredited community colleges and universities.
"Increasingly state legislators, state higher education agencies, and postsecondary system offices like TCSG turn to NACEP to support their colleges and universities in pursuing program improvement," noted Adam Lowe, NACEP executive director. "The collective impact that establishing and upholding system- or state-wide quality standards has on student success and credit transfer is notable in states that encourage NACEP accreditation."
Institutions housing programs that received accreditation for the first time are:
• Alexandria Technical and Community College (MN)
• Community College of Denver (CO)
• Eastern Washington University (WA)
• Inver Hills Community College (MN)
• Mineral Area College (MO)
• West Virginia State University (WV)
• Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (GA)
In addition to MAC, Missouri programs that are currently accredited are:
• Crowder College
• Jefferson College
• Missouri Baptist University
• Missouri Southern State University
• Moberly Area Community College
• North Central Missouri College
• Northwest Missouri State University
• Saint Louis University
• University of Central Missouri
• University of Missouri - Kansas City
• University of Missouri - St. Louis
The full listing of 107 programs nationwide currently accredited by NACEP can be found at:
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. We promote quality programming through national standards, accreditation, and professional development. Our members offer college courses to high school students through a variety of delivery methods and use a range of terms such as concurrent enrollment, dual enrollment, dual credit, and early college. NACEP's national network of over 450 colleges and universities, 70 high schools and school districts and 30 state agencies and system offices actively share the latest knowledge about best practices, research and advocacy.
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