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Concord College Moves Closer to Offering Master's Programs

Concord College Moves Closer to Offering Master’s Programs

Athens, W.Va. - The Higher Education Policy Commission, in action taken at its meeting in Charleston, Wednesday, December 12, approved an amendment to Concord College’s mission statement.

The revised mission statement now includes a sentence that says the College will offer a limited number of carefully selected graduate degrees.

Policy Commission action ratifies higher education legislation naming Concord as the graduate education center for southern West Virginia which was passed by the West Virginia Legislature last spring.

Concord President Jerry Beasley, who has long maintained that a need exists for graduate education in southern West Virginia, stated that the Commission action is one of the most important advancements in education in our region in recent years. It means that Concord College will be able to offer Master’s degrees in areas of great need in the region. “The Legislature gave us a directive to offer Master’s programs when it passed SB 653. We are one of five colleges designated as regional graduate centers. Our accreditation board gave us approval to offer a limited number of graduate classes because of the quality of our undergraduate programs and faculty and we will have five such classes this coming summer. We are continuing to move forward in developing full-blown Master’s degrees.”

“Dr. Kathy Liptak is currently working with our faculty to develop a Master’s in Teacher Education. The planned Master’s is a logical outgrowth of Concord’s existing commitment to excellence in teacher education. In addition, it will help us partner with K-12 teachers to improve education achievement. Our Board of Governors and faculty have approved the submission of an intent to plan an education Master’s and a proposal to initiate a pilot Master’s in education program to the Higher Education Policy Commission. The Commission will approve one such pilot program statewide. We believe that we have a strong case for the program because of the extent of unmet needs in the region.

“We also have plans to offer Master’s programs in business and social work, other areas where needs have been identified,” stated Beasley.