Niagara University’s Senior Term Enrichment Program has received accreditation from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. NUSTEP has held this accreditation, which distinguishes the program as one of the nation’s leading concurrent enrollment programs, since 1983.
“I’m very pleased to recognize the NUSTEP program at Niagara University as one of a select group of 112 concurrent enrollment partnerships nationwide accredited through NACEP’s extensive peer-review process,” said Dr. Diana Johnson, 2018-19 chair of NACEP’s Accreditation Commission. “Niagara 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.”
Forty Western New York high schools participate in Niagara’s NUSTEP program, which is directed by Dr. Thomas Sheeran. NUSTEP offers seniors the opportunity to take select entry-level college-level classes for a fraction of the cost of tuition. These courses are taught by high school teachers who have been approved to teach NUSTEP classes in their schools. Upon successful completion of the course, students earn both high school and college credit.
As the nation’s only accrediting body for these unique and impactful educational partnerships, NACEP’s standards serve as the model criteria for ensuring parity in faculty, course content, student outcomes, and support.