Normandale receives concurrent enrollment program accreditation from NACEP

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Normandale Community College received concurrent enrollment program accreditation through the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) Accreditation Commission.

NACEP granted accreditation to 16 concurrent enrollment programs at colleges and universities nationwide this year, bringing the total number of accredited programs across the country to 116, spanning twenty-four states. 

Normandale was one of seven two-year colleges in Minnesota to be accredited this year. The State of Minnesota has 24 institutions who have received accreditation through NACEP, 21 of which are Minnesota State colleges and universities. Minnesota has highest total of NACEP accredited instituions in the nation. 

As the nation's only accrediting body for these unique and impactful educational partnerships, NACEP's standards serve as the model criteria for ensuring parity in faculty, course content, student outcomes, and support. 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. 

"NACEP accreditation demonstrates a commitment to academic integrity and the delivery of an authentic college experience to the high school student and is a goal that every concurrent enrollment program should aspire to and work towards," said NACEP Executive Director, Amy Williams. 

The programs that received accreditation meet established best practices in concurrent enrollment in the areas of curriculum, faculty, students, assessment, partnership, and program evaluation, "Congratulations to our newly accredited and re-accredited programs. The institutions being recognized have demonstrated adherence to high academic standards for their concurrent enrollment program and should be applauded for their commitment to quality programming" remarked Dr. Diana Johnson, NACEP Accreditation Commission Chair and Associate Vice President for Learning at NorthWest Arkansas Community College. 

To earn accreditation from NACEP, concurrent enrollment programs conduct a self-study, document how their programs adhere to NACEP's sixteen standards, and undergo a rigorous peer-review process conducted by a team of representatives from NACEP‐accredited programs as well as the NACEP Accreditation Commission. NACEP's accreditation is valid for five years for initial accreditation and then seven years for reaccreditation, during which time programs are expected to uphold NACEP's standards and report annually on program practices. 

The full listing of the 116 NACEP accredited programs nationwide can be found here.  

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 475 colleges and universities, 79 high schools and school districts and 40 state agencies and system offices actively share the latest knowledge about best practices, research and advocacy.