Ridgewater College was one of thirteen colleges and universities that earned accreditation for the quality of colleges courses offered in high schools. The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) grants the accreditation to colleges and university that ensures that course content and expectations for student work matches the standards of the sponsoring post-secondary institutions.
Ridgewater College joins a list of eighty-nine concurrent enrollment partnerships nationwide accredited through NACEP’s extensive peer-review process. To earn accreditation, colleges conduct a self-study, documenting how their programs adhere to NACEP’s seventeen standards, and are evaluated by peer reviews from NACEP-accredited programs. Other accredited schools include: The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, MN; Purdue University North Central, IN; St Cloud State, MN; Syracuse University, NY; and Riverland Community College, MN
“I am extremely proud of the concurrent enrollment partnership that we have with some of our area high schools. Because of this program we are able to offer the kids in our community, college level courses while earning college credits at their high schools; it is through the dedication of our instructors that we are able to ensure our high educational standards are met” said President Doug Allen, Ridgewater College.
NACEP Accreditation Committee Chair Becky Carter remarked: "I'm very pleased to recognize Ridgewater College as one of a select group of eighty-nine concurrent enrollment partnerships nationwide accredited through NACEP's extensive peer-review process. Ridgewater College has demonstrated to its peers that the college courses it offers in high schools are of the same quality as courses offered on campus."