Baker College earns honor for Running Start

FLINT TWP. — Baker College is one of the first Michigan higher education institutions — and one of only 105 nationwide — that has earned national accreditation for its concurrent enrollment program for high school students.

Baker College concurrent enrollment courses are available through the college’s Running Start initiative. It offers state-sanctioned programs that allow high school students to earn college credit at no cost to them, with tuition paid by the secondary school district. Locally, students at 11 secondary schools have access to Baker College concurrent courses.

The accreditation for Baker College’s Running Start is through the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. NACEP works to ensure college courses at high schools or technical centers are as rigorous as courses offered on the sponsoring college’s campus and are taught by high school teachers who meet the same academic requirements as those teaching on campus.

“This accreditation leaves no question about the rigor or quality of our concurrent enrollment model with our K-12 partners,” said Bart Daig, Baker College System president and CEO. “NACEP is the leader in supporting programs that successfully transition students from high school to college through college credit bearing courses.”

NACEP is the only organization that has set national quality standards for concurrent enrollment partnerships.

“We commend Baker College for its commitment to uphold high standards for program quality and academic oversight,” said Adam Lowe, NACEP executive director. “For more than 60 years NACEP and its accredited programs have demonstrated that the academic integrity of college courses can be maintained in the high-school setting.”

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