Concord University

Graduates: 236
Undergraduates: 2474
Graduates: 236
Setting: Small four-year, highly residential
In-state Tuition: $6,002.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $13,332.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 17:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: 968 / 21 / 3.23
Public/Private: Public
Male/Female Ratio: 45:55
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: N/A
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 38%

Concord University is a comprehensive, public, liberal arts institution located in Athens, West Virginia, United States, founded on February 28, 1872, when the West Virginia Legislature passed "an Act to locate a Branch State Normal School, in Concord Church, in the County of Mercer".

The mission of the Professional Education Unit for Teacher Education at Concord University is to prepare professional educators who are informed and thoughtful decision-makers capable of teaching a wide array of students and specializations in culturally diverse settings. The Professional Education Unit strives to provide all teacher candidates the knowledge and skills necessary to become effective teachers by offering the highest quality instruction and programs utilizing all available resources efficiently and effectively. The Graduate Program strives to further develop and enhance the knowledge base of the practicing professional. As individuals progress though the graduate curriculum, the improvement and refinement of professional knowledge bases, reflective analysis of practice, and judgment making capabilities are enhanced and refined. The Professional Education Unit collaborates with representatives from public schools, professional groups, government, and other programs within the University to prepare educators and to cooperate in the development of educational policies. The Professional Education Unit also strives for the improvement of education at the local, state, regional, and national levels in that the improvement of schooling results in a more literate and enlightened citizenry. This in turn contributes to the proliferation of democratic values and enhances our position in the global economy. Concord University was chartered as Concord State Normal School in 1872 for the purpose of preparing teachers for public schools. The name was changed to Concord State Teachers College in l931. In 1943, the name was changed to Concord College to reflect a transformation of the institution to a liberal arts college. In the summer of 2002 Concord was granted approval for the offering of graduate courses on a limited basis. Full approval of the graduate program was granted in August, 2003. The development of a graduate program was in alignment with the overall mission to serve southern West Virginia and to provide a quality program for the practicing professionals in the region. In 2004, the name was changed to Concord University. The preparation of teachers continues to play a significant role at Concord University as approximately twenty-five percent of the students who graduate each year earn degrees in education. This history of commitment to teacher education combined with a current mission statement that emphasizes high quality instruction creates a context of high expectations for the teacher education program at Concord University. In response to that challenge, the Professional Education Unit began an extensive effort at program articulation and development. This effort included faculty, students, administration, and public school professionals who came together in a spirit of collaboration to read, discuss, and write about their vision of the ideal teacher education program for Concord University. This collaboration led to the articulation of The Informed and Thoughtful Decision-Maker (ITD-M) conceptual framework. The ITD-M concept establishes a common language that faculty, students, and public school professionals use when considering program design and the complexities of teaching. The ITD-M concept provides the framework for curricular and instructional development of the teacher education program at Concord University. This concept continues to be the overall guiding philosophy for the graduate program. The primary shift occurs in the level of complexity, sophistication, and expectations that are demanded at the graduate level. The Teacher Education program offers opportunities for students to obtain both a bachelor and master's degree in education. We pride ourselves on producing informed and thoughtful decision makers.

1872 � West Virginia State Legislature establishes the name of Concord for the new school 1875 � Classes start with 70 students 1887 � State funds provide for a new brick building on the site of the present Athens Middle School 1896 � Another post office in Hampshire County, West Virginia was called "Concord;" therefore, the town's name is changed to "Athens" after the Greek city and a center of learning 1910 � Fire destroys the original brick building and the campus is moved to its present site 1912 � A new building erected, called Old Main, which is currently known as Marsh Hall 1918 � Start of expansion with new residence halls, gymnasium, as well as academic programs 1931 � Name changed to "Concord State Teachers College" 1943 � Name changed to "Concord College" and the United States Army Air Corps 15th College Training Detachment uses the campus 1945 � Start of postwar enrollment growth and expansion of physical plant, including a new Science Building 1959 � Expansion of campus continues (College Center, student and faculty housing) as well as of the curriculum emphasizing quality and a cosmopolitan faculty 1973 � West Virginia Board of Regents and the State Legislature propose to merge Concord and Bluefield State colleges 1976 � The administrative merger is abandoned and Concord's enrollment increases with new academic programs 2004 � Name changed to "Concord University"

Rural, 123-Acre (50 Ha) Park-Like Campus

Ronald J. Bacigal, professor of law, University of Richmond School of Law Robert Byrd, US Senator from West Virginia, attended Concord Don Caruth, West Virginia politician Creigh Deeds, Virginia state senator Alexander Harman, Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia Kahlil Joseph, film, television, and stage actor and teacher of performing arts Christy Martin, world champion female boxer Bret Munsey, Arena Football League coach Freida J. Riley, teacher who influenced the Rocket Boys, subjects of the movie October Sky Jackson L. Kiser, Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia Josh Stowers, member, West Virginia House of Delegates

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Undergraduate application fee: $25.00
Graduate application fee: $25.00
Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Yes
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): Yes
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Yes
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No