Concord Receives Permission to Offer Master’s Program

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 21 2003

Concord Receives Permission to Offer Master’s Program

Athens, W. Va. – Today, the Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) extended approval to Concord College to offer a Master’s program in teacher education.

The HEPC established criteria that Concord had to meet to receive approval including among other things: approval by the College’s accreditation association, at least two-thirds of the College’s faculty holding “terminal” degrees (typically doctorate), a proven record of substantial scholarship, library holdings that meet the American Library Association standards and adequate resources to offer the graduate degree without compromising the baccalaureate mission.

In April 2002, the HEPC extended approval to Concord College to begin the process of implementing a Master of Education (M.Ed.). Final approval was contingent upon Concord meeting the criteria.

The HEPC agenda for its meeting today in Charleston stated: “Concord has met the basic criteria and is expected to receive authorization from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association at its next meeting. The staff recommendation is for approval of the Master of Education (M.Ed.) effective August 2003, pending receipt of authorization from the Higher Learning Commission to offer the degree.”

An independent study conduced by Dr. William Chance with the Northwest Education Research Center documented both “persistent” and “transitory” needs for Master’s-level programs in southern West Virginia in his study released in January 2000.

“The program was approved this morning by both the academic committee and the full (HEPC) commission. I’m pleased to say that we are officially able to offer the Master’s program to the students who have been taking classes over the summer and we look forward to delivering the full program in the near future to students in southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia,” stated Dr. Kathy Liptak, division chair of education and human performance, director of graduate studies and associate professor of education.

Dr. Dean Turner, the College’s vice president and academic dean noted that, “Approval of this program is only possible after the hard work of many faculty, staff and administrators over several years. We look forward to the opportunities and challenges as we provide this new service to the citizens of our region.”

“For us in education, this is tantamount to a hospital’s creation of a heart or cancer center,” stated Concord President Jerry Beasley. “This will allow us to meet educational needs of the people in southern West Virginia that were identified 50 years ago. Concord’s strong undergraduate program will be complemented by this graduate program.”

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