WPCC Developmental Studies Program First to Receive NADE Accreditation


2016_0307_WPCCDevEdProgramRecievesNADE_webWestern Piedmont Community College is the first community college in North Carolina to earn accreditation for its Developmental Studies Program from the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE).

The NADE accreditation process ensures programs adhere to professional standards and continuously improve their services to ensure student success.   Obtaining this distinction required the completion of a three-year self-study that involved collecting and analyzing program data, determining appropriate program changes, implementing an action plan, and then assessing the results of that plan.

“This accreditation reflects the College’s ongoing commitment to offering our students high quality programs,” said Ann Marie McNeely, the College’s dean of health sciences and developmental education.  “To achieve this prestigious honor, the faculty and staff of our developmental studies program put in years of hard work to verify that they are following best practices and the highest professional standards to benefit students.”

The NADE accreditation is valid for 10 years.

“Western Piedmont’s application and additional materials reflect a quality program and a clear understanding of the significance of state changes to the developmental coursework program and how those changes may affect student success outcomes,” said Linda Thompson, chair of the NADE accreditation commission.

The mission of the Developmental Studies Program is to use the best practices in developmental education to prepare students academically, emotionally, and socially for college, career, and civic success by improving their reading, writing, and mathematical skills and by encouraging the development of strategies for active, confident, life-long learning. This program provides math, reading, writing, keyboarding and student skills courses required to help students be successful when they enter college credit level work. For more information on the developmental studies program, contact Naomi Roberts, department head for developmental education at 828-448-6764 or nroberts@wpcc.edu.