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PCCUA receives accreditation for concurrent enrollment programs

May 05, 2017

PCCUA receives accreditation for concurrent enrollment programs


Phillips Community college of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) has been awarded accreditation for its concurrent enrollment programs from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).

                This means that the granting agency ensures that the curriculum and student work in the concurrent credit programs offered by PCCUA in the partnering high schools match the quality of the programs offered by PCCUA on its campuses. The accreditation is valid for seven years.   

Upon receiving accreditation, PCCUA Vice Chancellor for Instruction Dr. Deborah King said, “We feel it is very important to maintain quality programs for our high school students who elect to take advantage of the opportunity to gain college credit while in high school.”

NACEP is the only national set of quality guidelines regulating concurrent enrollment programs. Accreditation means that the programs meet established best practices in concurrent enrollment in such areas as faculty, course content, and assessment.

King noted that the NACEP accreditation represents the hallmark of excellence and PCCUA’s commitment to maintaining high standards and program quality in its college coursework offered to high school students.

NACEP is the leading membership organization supporting programs that successfully transition students from high school to college through college credit-bearing courses. It promotes quality programming through national standards, accreditation, and professional development. Its 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 400 colleges and universities, 60 high schools and school districts and 30 state agencies and system offices actively share the latest knowledge about best practices, research and advocacy.