Central Lakes College recently announced its Concurrent Enrollment Program was awarded reaccreditation by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships Accreditation Commission.

This brings the total number of accredited concurrent enrollment programs in 22 states across the country to 112.

"Central Lakes College is extremely proud that our College In the Schools program has earned reaccreditation from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships," stated Paul Preimesberger, dean of enrollment management and student success at CLC, in a news release. "NACEP reaccreditation recognizes the hard work and dedication of faculty and staff at both CLC and our partner high schools. We share this honor with them and look forward to sustaining strong concurrent enrollment partnerships in the future."

As the nation's only accrediting body for these educational partnerships, the alliance's standards serve as the model criteria for ensuring parity in faculty, course content, student outcomes and support. Receiving the alliance's 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 in the high school classroom," stated NACEP Executive Director Amy Williams, in a news release. "It is a goal that every concurrent enrollment program should aspire to and work towards."

"As the availability of college credit opportunities for high school students expands, it is vital that we maintain quality to provide a meaningful collegiate experience for students. The programs that received accreditation meet established best practices in concurrent enrollment in the areas of curriculum, faculty, students, assessment, and program evaluation," stated Diana Johnson, NACEP accreditation commission chair and associate vice president for learning at NorthWest Arkansas Community College. "NACEP accreditation is the hallmark of excellence, assuring that programs offer college courses in high schools that are as rigorous as courses on their campuses, thereby supporting student achievement and postsecondary success."

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 a team of representatives from NACEP-accredited programs as well as the NACEP Accreditation Commission.