Hawkeye Community College Earns National Accreditation for Concurrent Enrollment Programs

By: Public Relations and Marketing
Date Published: Monday, April 30, 2012

WATERLOO—Hawkeye Community College is receiving national recognition for the quality of its college courses offered to area high school students.

The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) announced today, April 30, 2012, that 22 colleges and universities, including Hawkeye Community College, have earned accreditation for their concurrent enrollment programs. As the sole accrediting body for concurrent enrollment partnerships, NACEP helps programs adhere to the highest standards so students experience a seamless transition to college; and teachers benefit from meaningful, ongoing development. Nationwide, there are only 83 programs currently accredited by NACEP.

“Hawkeye Community College is very pleased to receive this prestigious national recognition. It clearly demonstrates Hawkeye’s commitment to high quality standards. While we have many people to thank for this honor, above all, I would like to acknowledge our high school partners. Together, we share a common belief that our students deserve the same high-quality courses regardless of whether the class is taken at Hawkeye or in the high school setting,” stated Hawkeye President Dr. Linda Allen.

Through concurrent enrollment partnerships, qualified students can earn college credit prior to high school graduation. The NACEP-accredited programs are the same high quality as the courses offered on the campus of the college. Students are exposed to the same rigorous academic challenges. According to NACEP, students are better prepared for college by gaining exposure to college expectations and workload. Concurrent enrollment also allows families to save on college tuition.

Hawkeye currently serves all 27 schools in its service area through its concurrent enrollment program known as CollegeNow. During the last year, Hawkeye had 1,804 high school students enrolled in CollegeNow courses with the average student taking two college-level courses. Approximately 25 percent of all Iowa’s community college students are jointly enrolled in high school, making Iowa a leader in aligning secondary and postsecondary programs in the country.

For information on Hawkeye Community College’s concurrent program, CollegeNow, call the Admissions office at 319-296-4000.