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Ridgewater earns accreditation for offering quality courses in high schools

WILLMAR -- Ridgewater College is one of 13 colleges and universities to recently earn accreditation for the quality of college courses offered in high schools.

The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships grants the accreditation to schools that ensure that course content and expectations for student work matches the standards of the sponsoring post-secondary institution.

Ridgewater is one of 89 schools accredited nationwide through the alliance's peer review process. Ridgewater is a community and technical college with campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson. It serves more 3,300 students in nearly 100 programs.

Schools that earn accreditation conduct a self-study and document how their programs align with the alliance's standards. They are then evaluated by peer reviews from programs which have already been accredited. Other Minnesota schools that have been accredited by the alliance include the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, St Cloud State University, and Riverland Community College of Albert Lea, Austin and Owatonna.

"I am extremely proud of the concurrent enrollment partnership that we have with some of our area high schools," Ridgewater President Doug Allen said in a news release. "Because of this program we are able to offer the kids in our community college level courses while earning college credits at their high schools."

"Ridgewater 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," said NACEP Accreditation Committee Chair Becky Carter in the release. "I'm very pleased to recognize Ridgewater College as one of a select group of 89 concurrent enrollment partnerships nationwide."