May 08, 2015

Jeanette Grider

1818 Program Receives NACEP Accreditation

SLU is one of 12 programs to receive the accreditation this year.

Saint Louis University's 1818 Advanced College Credit Program has received accreditation from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).

The national accreditation is granted to colleges and universities that provide college credit-bearing courses to high school students taught by college-approved high school teachers. As the only national set of quality standards applicable to concurrent enrollment partnerships, NACEP's standards serve as the model criteria for ensuring that the course content and expectations for student work in high schools match the standards of the sponsoring college or university.

To earn accreditation from NACEP, concurrent enrollment programs conduct a self-study, document how their programs adhere to NACEP's seventeen standards, and undergo a rigorous peer-review process conducted by reviewers from NACEP-accredited programs.

SLU's 1818 Advanced College Credit Program began in 1959, making it the oldest dual credit provider in the nation. In the 55 years that the program has operated, it has grown to include over 90 plus high schools in five different states that attract more than 5,000 students with an interest in earning college credits while still in high school, annually.

Bretton DeLaria, interim director of the 1818 program says the accreditation solidifies SLU as a continued affordable, reputable and premier leader in dual credit education."

Bretton DeLaria

"The induction of Saint Louis University's 1818 Advanced College Credit Program as an accredited institution of NACEP brings full circle SLU's commitment in working with NACEP, as a founding and continued member, in creating national standards for accreditation," DeLaria said.

"In being only one of seven accredited institutions in Missouri, SLU offers a genuine guarantee that the rigor and quality of our dual credit courses meets both the content and rigor of an on-campus SLU course and external national standards."

Michael Barber, S.J., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, also emphasized the significance of the program's accreditation.

"This accreditation will ensure for all our high school partners that our 1818 Advanced College Credit Program provides courses of the highest academic quality, but it also is a recognition that this program, over the past 50 years since its inception, has been a trailblazer all along in the area of dual credit education," Barber said.

For more information, visit or contact Bretton DeLaria at 314-977-5546 or

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