ISU first college in the country to receive two national mentions

The following is a press release from Idaho State University.

POCATELLO — Idaho State University is the first and only institution in the United States to be accredited by both college-provided faculty and the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnership Accreditation Commission. Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. Dual-granted credentials, which were earned through ISU’s Early College program, are valid for seven years.

“We are extremely proud of this accreditation distinction and believe that ISU’s ability to provide diverse choices for students to pursue dual degree credits will increase student success and motivate high school students to choose to pursue further education. superiors,” said the Vice President and Acting Vice President. of Academic Affairs Dr. Karen Appleby.

“With this continued and additional accreditation, we are excited to continue to provide quality college education to all high school students in Idaho, whether at their high school, on one of our campuses, or online,” said Chelsie Rauh, director of the Early College Program. “NACEP accreditation provides valuable opportunities for program improvement, ongoing collaboration, and professional development for faculty and staff, in addition to student services and resources such as counseling, tutoring, personal services disabilities and the use of the library.”

Idaho State’s Early College program began in 1994 with three college course offerings at local high schools. Today, the University serves more than 4,000 students at 40 high schools across the state and provides access to on-campus and online courses. The Early College program received initial accreditation from NACEP in 2014.

Receiving NACEP accreditation signifies that an institution has met the nation’s most rigorous standards for the development, management, and evaluation of concurrent enrollment programs in multiple, multi-faceted program areas. To achieve NACEP accreditation, concurrent enrollment programs conduct self-study, document how their programs meet the sixteen NACEP standards, and undergo a rigorous peer review process conducted by a team of industry representatives. other accredited programs and commission.

In total, there are 134 NACEP-accredited programs across the country, but the state of Idaho is the only one with both program endorsements. In early 2020, the NACEP Accreditation Commission elected to postpone the accreditation application cycle to allow programs seeking accreditation to adjust to the unfamiliar realities of operating a program during a pandemic. world.

“After pausing the cycle, NACEP was delighted to resume the critical work of program accreditation. This cycle has been busy, filled with new opportunities and exciting firsts,” said Amy Williams, NACEP Executive Director.

In 2019, NACEP members voted to expand the scope of the standards and added a new set of standards for college-provided faculty endorsement. The College Provided Faculty (CPF) model is defined as college courses taught to high school students by faculty provided by the college, regardless of location or method of delivery.

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

“On behalf of the Commission on Accreditation, I would like to congratulate all newly accredited and reaccredited programs. These programs have successfully demonstrated that they meet NACEP standards for high-quality programming for concurrent enrollment and college-provided faculty models. Many thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who make this process possible, especially the Accreditation Commissioners and Peer Reviewers. None of this work and support is possible without their incredible contributions,” said Michael Beam, Chairman of the NACEP Accreditation Commission.

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