The College of Southern Idaho became one of eleven colleges and universities in the nation today to receive accreditation from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).
CSI partners with more than 60 high schools in Idaho which offer their juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college and high school credits at the same time. As a result, a total of 1,808 Idaho high school students earned 7,808 college credits this spring semester. “Not only are CSI’s dual credit students saving money and cutting the amount of time they’ll take to get their degrees, today’s announcement validates that they are receiving high quality college classes,” said CSI Instructional Dean John Miller.
To earn accreditation from NACEP, dual credit programs conduct a self-study, document how their programs adhere to seventeen standards, and are evaluated by peer reviewers from NACEP-accredited programs. The organization’s objective is to ensure that college courses offered in high school are as rigorous as courses offered on the sponsoring college campus, says NACEP Director of Communications Kimberly Mobley.
“We’re especially proud of this accreditation because we’re one of the few colleges whose service area comprises the entire state,” said Miller. “Many of the accredited institutions serve an area that reaches only a few miles off campus. We have schools up to 600 miles away and in two time zones.”
Other institutions in this region receiving NACEP accreditation include Idaho State University in Pocatello and Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.