History of the NAPNSC

The versatility of the Internet and the emergence of nontraditional schools and colleges in the last two decades have triggered an explosion of interest in Distance Learning. There is a need, however, to assure students that they can expect certain standards and quality from the education they will receive through institutions offering Distance Learning programs.

The National Association of Private, Nontraditional Schools and Colleges was formed as a non-profit agency in 1974 to do just that. The NAPNSC Accrediting Commission is the ONLY national accrediting agency for completely External – Distance Learning delivery (up to 100% of an entire program), and that encourages the entrepreneurial spirit and creative drive of new and established, private institutions offering degree programs up through the Doctoral level. NAPNSC Commission consultation, accreditation, and verification services are provided nationally and internationally.

The NAPNSC Commission has developed criteria designed expressly for academic and professional degree programs that are in turn developed and offered by completely External-Distance Learning institutions. The Commission office is dedicated to providing clear yet comprehensive guidance to schools pursuing NAPNSC commission accreditation; through the years we have increased our leadership and influence both nationally and internationally. We also help students identify learning opportunities and aid them in exploring the many options that are open to them through Distance Learning.

External-Distance Learning Curricula:

The scope of academic and professional disciplines that lend themselves to completely external-distance learning delivery, and are therefore feasible and appropriate for NAPNSC Commission accrediting procedures and criteria, is restricted to the following fields of study:

  • Mathematics and Communication Skills;
  • Business Administration and Management;
  • Engineering and Engineering Management;
  • Education, Counseling, and Behavioral Sciences;
  • Limited Social, Health, Natural, and Space Sciences;
  • Criminal Justice;
  • Taxation for Attorneys and Accountants;
  • Computer Sciences; and
  • Theological – Ecclesiological Studies.

The NAPNSC’s goals are:

  • Provide equitable and consistent student entrance requirements;
  • Upgrade the rigor of learning requirements;
  • Improve efficiency of operations in Distance Learning institutions through computer-modem access and other forms of electronic access and interaction;
  • Provide strong quality control and upgrading/content of curriculum, instructional modes, and outcome assessment;
  • Standardize Eligibility and Accrediting Criteria;
  • Provide networking opportunities, promote accredited institutions and serve as a center for clearinghouse for information;
  • Ensure student-consumer protection.

If you’re interested in Distance Learning opportunities – or are already enrolled in a program – we encourage you to contact us and find out more about the advantages of being enrolled in one of our accredited, candidate, correspondent, or applying institutions.



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