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Idaho State University Early College Program receives accreditation through National Alliance for Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships

Posted May 12, 2014

The Idaho State University Early College Program has received accreditation from the National Alliance for Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).

“The NACEP accreditation does not change our University accreditation, but merely adds credibility to our program,” said Chelsie Rauh, director of the ISU Early College Program. “This means that we meet the quality standards that have been put in place by NACEP for best practices in a dual credit program.”

NACEP is the only accrediting body for dual credit programs, which are sometimes referred to as concurrent enrollment or concurrent credit. They all refer to taking high school and college credit simultaneously.

“This is an exciting time for us! We are thrilled to be joining the ranks of those programs throughout the United States who are providing quality dual credit courses to high school students” Rauh said.
ISU is now one of four programs in Idaho that is accredited by NACEP.

“I’m very pleased to recognize Early College Program at Idaho State University as one of a select group of 92 concurrent enrollment partnerships nationwide accredited through NACEP’s extensive peer-review process.” said Jaclyn Dumond, chair of NACEP’s Accreditation Commission. “Idaho State University 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.”

The Early College Program has been offering dual credit opportunities to high school students for 18 years. Currently more than 2000 students in 35 high schools throughout Idaho are taking college courses through the program. Statewide, students pay only $65.00 per credit, which saves the average student thousands of dollars. The majority of students are also able to shave semesters off their post secondary degree taking dual credits while still in high school.

For more information on NACEP visit www.nacep.org; for more information on the ISU’s Early College Program visit earlycollege.isu.edu.

ISU’s Early College Program will be included in NACEP’s official listing of accredited programs found on its website. A gold star will also appear next to Idaho State University’s listing in NACEP’s membership directory.