May 07, 2013
Herkimer County Community College is among 13 colleges and universities that recently earned national accreditation or reaccreditation for concurrent enrollment programs. The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) establishes an autonomous Accreditation Commission to assume responsibility for peer review.
Herkimer’s College Now program allows high school students to take college level courses taught by high school teachers in their high school, during the regular school day. The program is available in 15 high schools in Herkimer and Otsego Counties and in Herkimer County BOCES, with approximately 40 different courses offered. It was first accredited in 2006, and has now been reaccredited for seven academic years. College Now classes are taught by high school instructors who have been approved by HCCC as part-time faculty members at the College.
Outgoing NACEP Accreditation Committee Chair Becky Carter of Indiana University’s Advance College Project remarked: “I’m very pleased to welcome these 13 colleges and universities to the select group of 89 concurrent enrollment partnerships nationwide accredited through NACEP’s extensive peer-review process. They each demonstrated to their peers from other NACEP accredited programs that the college courses offered in high schools are of the same quality as courses offered on campus.”
By taking more rigorous courses in high school, students can learn early about the expectations of college while getting a head start on earning college credits. Herkimer’s College Now Specialist is Dr. Eric Vernold. Jonathan Bryant is Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Adjuncts & College Now. Students may visit the College Now website at http://www.herkimer.edu/college_now or contact the College Now office at 315-866-0300 ext. 8743 for further information.