Ensuring Quality

Through MnCEP concurrent enrollment providers are encouraged to share best practices and address challenges together. Through conferences, meetings, workshops, and a listserv members share models for effective program delivery and evaluation, strategies for improving stakeholder communications, and more.

Among the initiatives that have been organized by MnCEP and its member programs are:

  • Statewide Inspired Practice conferences for concurrent enrollment teachers in selected disciplines
  • Workshops about the standards and accreditation process of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP)
  • Data collection project with the Minnesota Department of Education

Quality standards and NACEP

NACEP was started, in part, because concurrent enrollment providers desired a way to validate quality and foster improvement in programs nationwide. Through the accreditation process concurrent enrollment providers are able to demonstrate that:

  • the course that is offered on the high school campus is the same course as is offered on the sponsoring postsecondary institution campus;
  • students in the high school section are held to same expectations as students taking the same class on the college campus and are assessed using the same types of assessments;
  • high school instructors teaching the college courses are approved, prepared, and continually supported by the college faculty at the sponsoring college; and
  • the sponsoring college provides strong oversight of concurrent enrollment offerings.

Minnesota legislation requires that high schools receiving state funding for concurrent enrollment work with a program accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), or with a program that has demonstrated comparable standards.

For more information about NACEP and the accreditation process visit the NACEP website at www.nacep.org.