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IVCCD earns NACEP reaccreditation on dual credits for high schools

NACEP logoIowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) has been reaccredited through 2026 to provide dual credit courses to high school students through Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls and Marshalltown Community College/Iowa Valley Grinnell. The reaccreditation is from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) Accreditation Commission.

According to NACEP, 26 dual credit programs at colleges and universities were reviewed this year; 7 of the programs are newly accredited, and the other 19 were reaccredited (8 in Iowa). This brings the total number of accredited dual credit programs across the country to 112, spanning 22 states.

“Iowa Valley’s first NACEP accreditation for dual credit classes for high school students was received in 2012, and we’ve maintained continuous accreditation since that time,” says MaryAnne Nickle, Dean of Iowa Valley Grinnell. “The rigorous NACEP accreditation process requires that we ensure that dual credit students in the high schools are receiving instruction equivalent to what is being taught on our campuses. We adhere to established best practices in the areas of curriculum, faculty qualifications, assessment, and program evaluation. It’s very much a quality assurance tool that benefits our high school students, the high school faculty teaching dual credit courses, and our colleges. Our NACEP Coordinator, Kelly Davis, has done an outstanding job and, with our faculty, deserves much of the credit for this accomplishment.”

As the nation’s only accrediting body for these unique and impactful educational partnerships, NACEP’s standards serve as the model criteria for ensuring parity in faculty, course content, student outcomes, and support. Receiving NACEP 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; it is a goal that every concurrent enrollment program should aspire to and work towards,” said NACEP Executive Director, Amy Williams.

“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,” remarked Dr. Diana Johnson, NACEP Accreditation Commission Chair. “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, dual credit programs conduct an extensive self-study documenting 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. NACEP’s accreditation is valid for five years for initial accreditation and then seven years for reaccreditation, during which time programs are expected to uphold NACEP’s standards and report annually on program practices.

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