MBU’s high school dual-credit program one of five in state to receive national accreditation

The national accrediting body for concurrent enrollment programs announced today that it has granted Missouri Baptist University’s high school dual credit program national accreditation.

MBU’s program is one of only seven in Missouri to have received accreditation.

To earn accreditation from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), concurrent enrollment programs conduct a self-study, document how their programs adhere to NACEP’s seventeen standards, and undergo a rigorous peer-review process conducted by reviewers from NACEP-accredited programs. NACEP’s standards were developed and refined over many years, serve as a model for quality standards in sixteen states, and are implemented by a wide range of higher education institutions.

“I’m very pleased to recognize EXCEL at Missouri Baptist University as one of a select group of ninety-seven concurrent enrollment partnerships nationwide accredited through NACEP’s extensive peer-review process,” said Jaclyn Dumond, chair of the NACEP’s Accreditation Commission.  “Missouri Baptist University has demonstrated to its peers that the college courses it offers in high schools are of the same high quality as college courses offered on campus.”

MBU’s dual-credit program, called EXCEL, was established in 1983 and serves over 40 high schools located in both the St. Louis metro area and in eastern and mid-Missouri communities. The program includes public and private high schools and provides classes in schools as large as 2,500 students and as small as 100 students.

NACEP first accredited MBU’s EXCEL program in 2008.