The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) defines concurrent enrollment—a subset of the dual-enrollment approach—as providing college-credit-bearing courses taught to high school students exclusively by college-approved high school teachers.
The NACEP program also requires that high school teachers and college faculty collaborate on aligning the secondary and postsecondary curriculums.
To gain NACEP certification, a college or university has to adhere to more than a dozen standards pertaining to curriculum, faculty readiness and student assessment. Many of those standards, including those listed below, could serve as best practices for any dual-enrollment program, regardless of who is teaching the courses.
- Classes are college/university catalogued courses, with the same departmental designations, course descriptions, numbers, titles and credits.
- Faculty site visits ensure that college/university courses offered to high school students are the same as the courses offered on campus.
- Students are held to the same standards of achievement as are students in on-campus courses.
- The college/university ensures that campus grading standards are used in the concurrent enrollment programs.
- The students are assessed using the same methods (papers, portfolios, quizzes, labs, etc.) as are on-campus students.