The Concurrent Enrollment Program is designed to give high school students an opportunity to enroll at SAU prior to high school graduation. Through this program, high school juniors and seniors may enroll in University courses.
Our focus is in providing students with rigorous academic courses, taught by highly qualified instructors, all in the familiar high school environment. Most of the classes offered are from the general education core applicable to any degree a student chooses upon entering a college or university. Credits are transferable to most other accredited colleges and universities in Arkansas.
- Complete admissions application
- Must be in academic good standing
- ACT score of 19 in Reading or comparable score on Accuplacer for all courses
- ACT score of 19 in Core Subject or comparable score on Accuplacer (19 in Math for Math Courses, 19 in English for Composition)
Concurrent Program Mission
SAU supports the idea that exceptional high school students should be given the opportunity to advance their academic careers. The SAU Concurrent Program is a partnership between the university and high schools to offer qualified students the opportunity to both satisfy both high school and university credit requirements through specific concurrent courses.
Each semester, SAU offers a variety of entry-level courses concurrently. For a complete list of undergraduate courses, see the Undergraduate Catalog.
Program Handbooks for Students and Instructors
NACEP – Accreditation
The SAU concurrent program is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnership (NACEP). NACEP accreditation is an international symbol of quality, excellence, and rigor.
Concurrent Education Program (CEP) Instructor Application Process
SAU has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the following school districts and will accept applications from those listed below:
Bradley High School
Emerson High School
Harmony Grove High School
Columbia Christian High School
Glen Rose High School
Gurdon High School
Magnolia High School
Taylor High School
Arkansas Connections Academy
Arkansas Virtual Academy
Baptist Prep Academy
DeSoto High SChool
Drew Central High School
Woodlawn High School
Valley View High School
Concurrent Faculty Qualifications and Application Materials
Minimum qualifications for CEP faculty are established by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and Higher Learning Commission.
- Master’s Degree with at least 18 graduate credit hours in the subject area being taught
- Complete Adjunct Application
- Official Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts
- Resume or CV outlining education and occupational history
- Tentative syllabus (subject to change)
Instructors should apply and have all materials submitted by May 1st if they wish to teach for the upcoming year.
The college will review the applicant’s materials and will make a recommendation to approve or deny the applicant. The applicant and high school personnel will receive communication indicating approval or denial from the college. The interested high school instructor will submit all of the application materials to the Coordinator of CEP.
- The interested high school instructor will submit all of the application materials to the Coordinator of CEP.
- The faculty liaison, department chair, college dean, Academic Affairs, and the Coordinator of CEP will review submitted materials and make a decision.
- The high school instructor and administration will receive notice of the decision from the college along with an explanation and next steps to take for the instructor.
- If approved, the new CEP adjunct will receive details of the New CEP Teacher Orientation that takes place in August.
- If denied, the teacher may continue to working with the college to move towards the proper credentialing to possibly teach the course in the future.
- For approved instructors, a liaison will be assigned by the college and the course outline/syllabus will be reviewed by the CEP adjunct and liaison.
- The high school adjunct will receive information from the faculty liaison on how to update / make necessary changes to the course syllabus, examples of equivalent textbooks, course templates, course requirements, etc.
- The liaison will remain in contact with the CEP instructor and work with the new adjunct on ensuring the syllabus and course expectations are equivalent to that of the on-campus course. The liaison will also schedule a mandatory site visit to the CEP adjuncts classroom.
If the prospective instructor teaches at a school that is currently not under a MOU with SAU for Concurrent Enrollment Programs, their school must be first approved by the coordinator of concurrent enrollment and the Vice President of Academic Affair’s Office.
To obtain an application, please contact Caroline Waller at 870-235-4129 or firstname.lastname@example.org.