June 5, 2013

College program earns accreditation


---- — PLATTSBURGH — Clinton Community College’s College Advancement Program is now accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.

After a year-long application and review process, the college recently received the official notification.

The College Advancement Program enables high-school students to receive high-school and college-level course credit simultaneously.

The objective of this program is to provide high-performing high-school students an affordable opportunity to experience college-level courses and improve their chances of a successful transition from secondary to post-secondary education.

Clinton Community CAP Coordinator Willow Nolland said the accreditation validates the quality of college courses offered in high schools and ensures that the course content and expectations for student work match the CCC’s standards.

“NACEP accreditation is a significant accomplishment,” she said in a release. “It confirms the credibility of our program and increases the transferability of our courses to other institutions.”

To earn accreditation, Clinton conducted a self-study to document how its programs adhere to 17 standards set by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.

The CAP program was then evaluated by peer reviewers from accredited programs.

During the 2012-13 academic year, Clinton had 985 enrollments in 153 CAP courses. Clinton County high-school students are eligible to receive 5,471 college credits this year, up 5.5 percent from last year’s total.

“Not only does the CAP program help these students to get a head start on college, it is also helps many of them to gain the confidence they need to pursue a higher education after high school,” CCC President John E. Jablonski said in a news release.

“It’s a major part of our mission to increase access to higher education in our region.”

The partnership’s standards, developed and refined over many years, serve as a model for quality standards in 15 states and are adaptable to a range of higher-education institutions.

The organization’s Accreditation Committee chair, Becky Carter, said in a statement: “Clinton Community 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.”