Dr. Patrick Cannon, academic director of the Purdue University North Central Concurrent Enrollment Program, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) as a member-at-large.
NACEP is the national accrediting body for Concurrent or Dual Credit programs across the United States. NACEP members include more than 300 universities. NACEP sets the standards for determination of accredited concurrent enrollment programs.
Cannon currently serves on the NACEP Governmental Relations Committee. He will begin his two-year term of service with the board of directors on Oct. 27.
As a board member, Cannon will be directly involved in furthering the mission and standards of NACEP and will take an active role on various NACEP committees.
“I believe that my position on the Board of Directors of NACEP will afford me the opportunity to more closely examine other programs with an eye toward envisioning ways to improve our own program,” he said.
Cannon has been involved with the PNC Concurrent Enrollment Program since 2009, initially serving as the faculty liaison for the PNC Social Science Department. He and Sue Wilson, who previously served as the PNC director of School Partnerships, together formed the first PNC accreditation committee when they sought full accreditation of the PNC Concurrent Enrollment Program in 2011.
The PNC Concurrent Enrollment Program has grown tremendously since its inception. It started with one high school class and one high school teacher in one high school. PNC currently has one of the three largest programs in Indiana and is in partnership with more than 40 high schools with more than 300 instructors teaching more than 3,000 students.
Cannon believes his most important goal at PNC in the upcoming years will be ensuring rigor and quality in all Concurrent Enrollment sections that PNC offers.