Academic Success Center
The Academic Success Center (ASC) assists the university community with services to promote student success at Concord. Advising; tutoring; the Parents Club; Univ 100 (required of all freshmen and some transfer students); reading and study skills; academic advising for undecided majors; workshops; trainings; and intervention services are but a few of the comprehensive services offered by the ASC. Additionally, the ASC generates, analyzes, and shares institutional retention and graduation data. Committees and activities designed to assist with students remaining at Concord and graduating from the university are part of the ASC’s goals. The ASC serves as a “one-stop” location for students needing assistance and as a referral source for faculty/staff/parents. The ASC is located in A332 (Marsh Hall Administration Building). Email: email@example.com
Through student assessed fees, outstanding performers and speakers are brought to campus each year. Series guests have included comedian/activist Dick Gregory, author Nat Hentoff, environmentalist Adam Werbach, the West Virginia Symphony, The Vienna Boys Choir, and The Reduced Shakespeare Company. The balance of the season is filled with the plays, exhibits and concerts of the University’s Fine and Performing Arts Programs.
Concord has over 65 student organizations, including the Student Government Association, the Student Activities Committee and various fraternities, sororities, honors societies, professional societies, service organizations, art and music organizations, and religious groups. These organizations provide a vibrancy and diversity to student life at Concord. A complete list and description of all campus organizations are located in the Concord Student Handbook. Additionally, the list of these organizations may be found on Concord’s web page by accessing the “Student Life” section on the left portion of the University’s home page. All organizations that are active on campus must submit a current Officers, Faculty Sponsors, Organizational Officers, Membership, and Advisor Form to the Student Center Office at the beginning of each Fall Semester.
Students undecided about career objectives may utilize Career/Advancement Services resources for further career exploration. Graduating students who desire assistance with their job search or admission to graduate or professional school should also utilize the services of the Career/Advancement Services Office. Services are available for individual job search plans, resume writing, interviewing, assistantships/ fellowships, internships and graduate/ professional schools. Representatives from school systems, business and industry, and graduate/professional schools are on campus during the school year to discuss employment and graduate/professional school study. Job opportunities are also provided through local, regional, state and interstate job fair participation. Freshmen through seniors, and alumni, are encouraged to take advantage of Concord’s services, programs, and resources.
Credential files for education graduates are maintained in Career/Advancement Services for ten years following the date of graduation. Graduates should request in writing to have the credential files sent to prospective school systems
The Career/Advancement Services website can be accessed through the main Concord website, www.concord.edu. The Career/Advancement Services site contains full- and part-time employment opportunities, internships, summer jobs, on-campus jobs and a calendar of career related programs offered throughout the school year.
Child Development Center
Concord University operates a licensed child care program, conveniently located on campus for children aged 3 months through 12 years. The Concord Child Development Center offers a developmental curriculum in a safe, nurturing, and fun environment. Teachers and caregivers have years of experience and many hours of training, including yearly certification in first aid and CPR.
The center is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; children can be enrolled at any time during the semester.
The vision for Concord Child Development Center is to provide a high quality, active learning laboratory that develops and models best practice in early childhood education to serve the children, families, faculty, staff, students, Concord University and surrounding communities. The Center may also serve as a practicum site for University programs that require experience with young children. These students, in addition to work-study students and Bonner Scholars are encouraged to contact the Center. Please contact the Concord University Child Development Center at (304) 384-5386 for enrollment or other information.
Concord University Research and Development Corporation
The Concord University Research and Development Corporation was established under authorization from Article 12, Section 18B of the West Virginia State Code, and operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization authorized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. The Board of Directors of the Research and Development Corporation are appointed by the President of the University who serves as the Corporation chairperson.
The Corporation’s functions include to serve as a fiscal agent and administrative mechanism with which to receive and manage federal, state, and foundation grant funds for research projects and initiatives, creative activities, and public service functions. Currently, the Corporation serves as administrator for several research and service projects involving both faculty and students.
University Counseling Center services are provided to all currently enrolled students. Trained professionals are available to discuss personal concerns. Referrals to community agencies will be made upon request or if deemed necessary by the counselor(s). Prior appointments are strongly encouraged and may be made in person at the Counseling Center (second floor of the Bonner House) or by telephoning 304-384-5290.
Certain personal student information is considered directory information. Name, address, phone numbers, major, level of education, age, and degrees earned are all considered part of directory information. Students wishing to restrict information given to third parties may do so effective for a maximum of one year and may renew this option upon written request. The contract can be rescinded by contacting the Registrar’s Office in writing. Concord University retains the right to withhold this information from third parties for the purposes of marketing to students, alumni and graduates.
English Language Training Program (ESL)
The English Language Training Program (ESL) offers programs and services that enable students to meet personal, academic, and professional goals through English language study at Concord University. Sessions begin in January and August of each year and are fifteen weeks long. A ten-week session is offered which begins in June.
Most current students are preparing to enter Concord University or another university. Concord requires minimum TOEFL scores of 61 on the internet-based test or 500 on the paper-based test. The English Language Training Program prepares students who have not met this requirement, offering classes in reading and writing, listening and conversation, grammar, and TOEFL preparation. Students attend class fifteen hours per week.
Advanced students with scores above 45 or/450 on the TOEFL may take one class in the regular degree program at Concord while enrolled in fifteen hours of class in the English Language Training Program.
The Athens Family Practice serves as the University Medical Center and is conveniently located adjacent to campus. The Medical Center provides out-patient medical treatment with nurses, a physician’s assistant, and physician coverage. The posted daytime office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Patients are strongly encouraged to make an appointment when possible for prompt service. Students are expected to submit physical examinations and immunization reports prior to class registration. All students must present a current validated Concord University ID and medical card prior to receiving medical treatment at the Health Center. Students will be expected to provide satisfactory evidence of health insurance at the time of treatment, otherwise a nominal co-pay may be required by the clinic.
Accidents or serious illnesses that occur during hours when the Athens Medical Center is closed are referred to the emergency room at Princeton Community Hospital (approximately eight miles from campus), which provides 24-hour emergency services. All students receiving medical care from local providers must assume the responsibility of payment directly to the physician or hospital from personal funds or through their hospitalization programs.
Other local physicians and emergency medical providers are also available in the surrounding communities. Med Express is a walk-in medical service with extended hours, located in Princeton in the Wal-Mart Plaza.
Intercollegiate Athletic Program
The Mountain Lion Athletic Program is a broad based complement to the educational mission of the institution, and serves as an original and significant piece of the mosaic that is today Concord University. By supplementing the knowledge and skill acquired in the more traditional academic areas, intercollegiate athletics promote discipline, competitiveness, persistence, and a cooperative spirit, all of which prepare a more rounded graduate for success. Athletics can be a focal point for dynamic interpersonal interaction that advances the general good of the University.
The Intercollegiate Athletic Program is conducted according to the regulations and standards of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC). The Director of Athletics is responsible for the proper functioning of the athletic program in accordance with institutional, WVIAC, and NCAA practices and policies.
Students may participate in athletics only if they are regularly enrolled and meet all eligibility requirements as set by the institution, the WVIAC, and the NCAA. Concord University maintains varsity schedules in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, Indoor and Outdoor men’s and women’s track and volleyball.
Cheerleading is sponsored by Concord University as well.
Intramural Recreational Program
Concord University Intramural Recreation is a program of on-campus sports and recreational activities for the entire student body, faculty, and staff. The program offers a wide variety of activities suitable for the diverse interests of our students. Many activities are available for men or women, while additional activities are co-recreational. The goal of the program is to have maximum participation from our student body, faculty, and staff. Available facilities for intramurals and the informal recreation program include the Towers Fitness Center, tennis courts, racquetball courts, dance studio, gyms, the Carter Center weight room, swimming pool, the Student Center Game Room and various outdoor fields. In the intramural recreation program, units of competition include fraternities, sororities, clubs, organizations, and independent teams. League play and play–offs highlight the team sports activities while tournaments and meets are the basis of the individual sports program. Individual awards are presented to the players on first place teams and the individual winners of our tournaments and meet events. An over-all champion point system is used to determine the group of organization that has the highest rate of participation and best over-all record in all activities. Concord University intramural recreation welcomes participation of new students. The growth of the program and its overall success can only be attributed to the intense interest of the student body and their enthusiastic support.
Office of Public Safety
Public Safety Officers patrol all campus areas and buildings daily. Uniformed foot and vehicle patrols are utilized, and the University police vehicle is well marked for easy identification by all persons. The Concord University Office of Public Safety exists to help maintain the safety and welfare of all members of the University community.
Office of Student Activities
The purpose of the Office of Student Activities is to complement the academic program and to enhance the overall educational experience of students through development of, exposure to, and participation in social, recreational, entertainment, and student governance programs. The Student Activities Director provides assistance to the Student Government Association, the Student Activities Committee and student organizations. The office is located in the Student Center and the phone number is 304-384-5311.
Concord’s Orientation Program offers students the opportunity to consult faculty advisors for course planning, to take necessary tests during Summer Advising, to meet other entering students and upper-class leaders and University officials. Further, students become acquainted with various campus programs, policies, and regulations during the Orientation Program immediately before the beginning of fall semester. These early planning sessions permit a smooth transition from high school to college. The programs are planned and carried out by Concord students, advised by Student Center Office professional staff. For these reasons, the University believes that Orientation is the first step in a continuous process that helps assure a successful college career. Thus, all new students are urged to attend and participate in Orientation.
Other Health Information
Students with computer access can find reliable, confidential information regarding reproductive health issues by visiting a 24-hour, fully confidential Web site sponsored by Planned Parenthood, http://plannedparenthood.org/.
Concord University offers recreational opportunities for students, faculty and staff of the institution. These programs and facilities help promote wellness and encourage active participation by the daily hours for recreational swimming and use of the gymnasium for recreational sports.
Intramurals provide organized opportunities in lifetime sport activities.
Student Activities Committee
The Student Activities Committee is an award winning committee composed of students who plan, and sponsor campus activities and events that energize and enrich Concord’s community. The educational and entertaining programs bring to campus comedians, magicians, hypnotists throughout the semester and special events during Homecoming and the Spring Fling events. Students interested in becoming involved should contact the Office of Student Activities at 304-384-5311.
Student Government reflects the interest of students in the activities and operation of the campus. This is a student organization, which supervises many activities. Students train themselves for further leadership by joining in these efforts. The sense of responsibility expressed in such activities can determine the atmosphere of campus living. Concord’s Student Government Association (SGA) is the authorized representative body of the students. It seeks to maintain open communication between the administration, faculty, and the student body, including through their University’s Board of Governors representative. The SGA also coordinates and financially supports activities of various campus organizations and promotes improvement in all areas of campus life.
In addition to the Student Government Association and its elected representatives, students can become a governing force in the University through the Student Judicial System, Student Activities Committee, Service Council, Interfraternity and Pan-Hellenic Councils, and residence hall councils.
Student life at Concord University includes many different aspects, from purely academic concerns to clubs and social events, to emotional and physical health. A student’s campus life can be enriched by his or her application of talent, energy, and classroom knowledge in co-curricular activities.
The Office of Student Affairs has the major responsibility for student life at Concord. Facilities, programs, and services within the Office are designed to extend and enhance the academic curriculum. Student Affairs works to facilitate the personal development, maturity, and interpersonal effectiveness of an increasingly diversified student body. Additionally, this office attempts to help each student become involved in the process of his or her own education, development, and personal growth.
Student Affairs assists students with personal, financial, educational counseling as well as vocational, and college transfer guidance. The office provides services in the areas of housing, orientation, testing, counseling, intramural athletics, health services, multi-cultural affairs, international student advising, disability services, English language training program (ESL), opportunity programs, service programs, and Student Center activities. The staff also assists in creating and furthering special developmental programs prepared to meet the needs of students and the community.
Concord theatre productions offer all students the opportunity to participate in plays in both on-stage and backstage capacities. Performances in recent years have ranged from “Guys and Dolls” to Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”
Organizations in the Department of Music provide students with the opportunity to participate in vocal and instrumental groups which give public performances.
The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a federal TRIO program designed to prepare students to pursue a Ph.D. The program provides enriching experiences to prepare undergraduates for graduate school including a research internship, seminars and workshops, interactions with faculty and the opportunity to attend and present their research at national and regional meetings.
A major component of the program is a graduate level research project the student conducts with a faculty mentor. In addition, the McNair Program guides students through the graduate school application process and helps prepare students for the social climate of graduate school. There are many benefits to being a McNair Scholar including receiving academic credit, access to fee waivers, office support, computers, a $2,800 research stipend, and travel to graduate schools and conferences. The McNair Program recruits sophomores and juniors from any academic field. To qualify for this program, you must either be a first-generation college student and in financial need, or a member of an underrepresented population (currently defined by the federal government as a member of one of the following ethnic groups: Hispanic, Black, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Native American Pacific Islanders). Additionally, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have at least a 2.80 cumulative grade point average.
For more information visit the McNair website at www.concord.edu/McNair, or contact the McNair Office located in Room 111 of the Jerry L. Beasley Student Center or call 304-384-6019.
The McNair Program is a federal TRIO program, fully funded by an allocation from the U.S. Department of Education.
Concord University’s office of Student Support Services is a federally-funded TRIO program that offers free academic support to low-income, first generation, or disabled students. This is a federal program designed to help students succeed in college and beyond; SSS offers a broad range of services to meet the goal of degree completion. Services include individual and group tutoring; counseling; college reading, writing and study skills; a freshman year success program; mentoring; computer lab, basic technology instruction, a laptop loan program, and cultural activities.
Tutoring is provided each semester by peer-tutors who have a 3.0 or better grade point average and faculty recommendation. Drop-in, individual, or group tutoring is available for most courses offered at Concord. To facilitate student success, a professional counselor is available to provide personal, academic, career, and financial aid counseling, and referral assistance. Peer Advocates are assigned to all SSS freshman to ease the transition to college life. Students may explore their career interests through discussion, written information, vocational testing, and arranged visits to community workplaces. Assistance with graduate school exploration, application, and financial aid processes is available. EDUC 91 is a college level reading course offered by SSS through Concord’s Division of Education. The class is a non-graduation credit class which focuses on comprehension skills, vocabulary development, reading speed, effective study techniques, effective writing, critical thinking, and the skills necessary to read on the college level. Participation in cultural events is an integral part of the Student Support Services Program. Free trips are offered to SSS students for enrichment in fun, educational settings.
Application forms for participation in Student Support Services are available by telephoning, writing, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or stopping by the Student Support Services office located in Rahall Technology Center, Room 246. More information on Concord’s SSS program is available on the program’s website www.concord.edu/sss.
Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRIO program offered to 95 students from the local area in grades 9 through 12 who show academic potential to succeed in education beyond high school. These students come from a population that is statistically unlikely to attempt higher education. Two-thirds of the students are from low-income and first-generation homes. The other one third of students must come from low-income homes or be potentially the first ones in their family to earn a college degree. Upward Bound helps prepare these students academically for college and broadens their horizons so that they can see college as a desirable and attainable goal.
Students receive tutoring during the regular school year; personal, career, and academic counseling; assistance with college admissions and financial aid applications; trips for cultural and career exploration; ACT/SAT preparation; and numerous enrichment activities such as tours of colleges and universities, zoos, concerts, and plays. Enrolled students also participate in a six-week summer residential program at Concord University, providing an opportunity to experience a college setting and receive instruction in appropriate academic courses. Graduating seniors participate in a Bridge Program that consists of earning six college credit hours the summer following high school graduation.
Studies have shown that Upward Bound students are four times more likely to earn an undergraduate degree than students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in TRIO. For more information call 304 384-6036, e-mail email@example.com, or stop by the Upward Bound office in the Student Center Room 303A. Applications are also available in the Guidance Offices at local high schools.