Schools and programs
The history of court reporting education in the United States
By Lynette R. Eggers, CRI, CPE, MA, and Laqueta Soule
NCRA is not an accrediting agency, but all NCRA-approved programs are accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. government. Each institution’s transfer of credit policy is governed by the standards of the particular agencies accrediting that institution.
Requirements and standards
The Council on Approved Student Education (CASE), part of the National Court Reporters Association, establishes the General Requirements and Minimum Standards.
Program approval and maintenance
As part of the approval process, court reporting programs complete a self-study and undergo an in-person evaluation by NCRA staff and a Certified Program Evaluator. Approval is effective for not more than five years.
Scholarships and grants
Court reporting students can apply for scholarships, earn grant money, and qualify for financial aid and tuition assistance. Visit the Student Resources page to find out how.
Vision for Educational Excellence Task Force
NCRA launched the Vision for Educational Excellence Task Force, a group tasked with developing a vision for the future of court reporting education and identifying steps that NCRA could take to make that vision a reality. An in-house survey was created to assess current practices at NCRA-approved and participating court reporting programs and to identify which of those practices actually drive positive student outcomes. The outcome of the survey is available in the NCRA Instructional Best Practices Survey Executive Summary.
NCRA steno theory clearinghouse
NCRA has shifted its role regarding steno theories from one of regulator to that of a clearinghouse.