Concurrent Enrollment is when a Baker College course is offered at the high school or technical center and taught by the high school or technical center instructor who meet the college adjunct requirements. Students are officially registered in the college class and receive a grade and college transcript based on their academic performance in the course.
NACEP works to ensure that college courses taught by high school teachers are as rigorous as courses offered on the sponsoring college campus. As the sole accrediting body for concurrent enrollment partnerships, NACEP helps these programs adhere to the highest standards so students experience a seamless transition to college and teachers benefit from meaningful, ongoing professional development.
Programs built on the NACEP concurrent enrollment model strive to strengthen collaborations between secondary and postsecondary institutions. In addition, these collaborations help to provide a seamless transition between high school and college. This model promotes discipline specific on-going professional development between secondary and postsecondary partners.
NACEP utilizes measurable standards and criteria that address quality in concurrent enrollment programs. The standards promote the implementation of policies and practices to ensure that:
Concurrent enrollment courses offered in the high school are the same as the courses offered on-campus at the sponsoring college or university;
Students enrolled in concurrent enrollment courses are held to the same standards of achievement as students in on-campus courses;
Instructors teaching college or university courses through the concurrent enrollment program meet the academic requirements for faculty and instructors teaching in the sponsoring post-secondary institution.
NACEP defines concurrent enrollment as college-credit bearing courses taught to high school students by college-approved high school teachers. It is a low-cost, scalable model for bringing accelerated courses to students in urban, suburban, and rural high schools. Students gain exposure to the academic challenges of college while in their supportive high school environment, earning transcripted college credit at the time they successfully pass the course.
Direct credit is when a Baker College course is offered at the high school or technical center and taught by a Baker College adjunct professor.