University News
For Immediate Release: 
Aug 20 2001

Concord College Student Support Services Ranks in Top Ten Percent in Nation

Athens, W.Va. - The Student Support Services (SSS) program at Concord College recently scored 100 percent—a grade that placed the program in the tenth percentile in the nation’s SSS programs.

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) announced last week that the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Office of Federal TRIO programs had granted $231,000 to Concord’s SSS.

Student Support Services provides instruction in basic skills, tutorial services, academic, financial and personal counseling, financial aid for enrollment in graduate school and information on career options and mentoring to lower income, first generation or disabled college students. SSS is part of the national TRIO program that aims to provide education to all Americans.

Due to the perfect score and ranking of Concord’s SSS program, the college program was granted five year’s funding by the DOE instead of the usual funding for four years.

According to Concord College Student Support Services Coordinator Marjie Flanigan, Student Support Service programs are evaluated for funding by the DOE

on various criteria, including their plans of operations, budgeting, programs’ objectives, how much the programs are needed and how committed the host institutions are to their respective SSS programs.

In all categories, Concord came out with a perfect score.

“We had to show that Concord College supports our grant program and goals and objectives,” Flanigan said. “Concord was commended for giving scholarships specifically to SSS students.”

“Our students raised money for the scholarships by working at Concord’s annual fundraising phonathon.”

Flanigan added that the program’s accomplishments at Concord aren’t only visible on paper.

“This year’s co-valedictorian, Keisha Riley, was an SSS graduate,” Flanigan said. “And our students’ GPA’s, retention rates and graduation rates have continued to increase.

Flanigan said that institutional support for any federal program is a much-needed factor in the program’s ability to serve students and communities.

“Student Support Services has a rich tradition in helping Concord College students,” Flanigan explained. “We couldn’t do it without the support of the administration and faculty here at Concord.”

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Concord College Notes: The Communication Arts Department produces the college’s student newspaper, radio programming and television programming. The department also produces theatrical and musical productions. It is organized similar to today’s modern corporation with the students completing projects under both student and faculty supervision. This gives students real-world experience that focuses on accountability and responsibility.

Jessica Shifflett, an intern in the marketing/public relations department, wrote this press release. Her hometown is Oak Hill, W.Va. She is majoring in Communication Arts. Her anticipated graduation date is August 2001.

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