University News
For Immediate Release: 
Sep 04 2001

Concord Students Rate Higher, Tests Reveal

NOTE TO EDITORS: Due to the accuracy required in educational assessment statistics, as well as accreditation guidelines regarding integrity, Concord asks for inclusion of actual percentage instead of AP style.

Athens, W.Va. - A significant percentage of Concord students sampled scored above the national average in mathematics and critical thinking skills on standardized tests administered in the academic years 1997-98 and 2000-01.

Concord College students on the sophomore-level were administered the American College Testing Program-Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (ACT-CAAP) and then their scores were compared with the scores of sophomores at other publicly funded four-year institutions. Concord students averaged 62.8, above the national average of 62.3, in the critical thinking skills component. In mathematics Concord participants scored just above the national average, 58.5 to 58.0.

“Because Concord College values student learning, the College is listening attentively to what students have to say about their educational experiences,” said Concord College President Jerry Beasley.

“By studying the learning outcomes and student perceptions on their educational experiences at Concord, the faculty, staff, students, and administrators hope to improve both the learning and the Institution. The results of the three year study provide a means for gauging—where our students excel and where we may look into meeting students’ educational needs on a deeper level.”

Writing tests were graded locally by ACT-trained Concord faculty. Sixty-seven percent of Concord students scored in the Adequate to Superior range.

When Concord students’ entry results on the ACT-CAAP test were compared with the results for the more challenging ACT-CAAP math exam and then with peers at similar institutions, Concord students scored higher than expected.

Through exit surveys administered every semester since fall 1997, 95 percent of Concord’s respondents indicated that they were satisfied with the overall quality of teaching and 90 percent said that they would recommend Concord College to potential students. A high percentage indicated that they were satisfied with the quality of advising received.

“These tests indicate Concord’s general studies program is providing good learning opportunities for students. Results will serve as benchmarks for continuing improvements,” said Dr. Dean Turner, Vice President and Academic Dean. “The surveys reflect graduating students are satisfied with their academic experiences at Concord. Dr. Puzzuoli’s data will also serve as benchmarks for future improvements by comparing students five to ten years after graduation.”

Puzzuoli, who serves as director for the assessment efforts, said that the College’s goals for this academic year include developing the characteristics of an educated person, providing high quality programs to promote student learning, providing selected services to the community, and further integration of technology in the academic curriculum.

For further information on the Concord College assessment efforts, contact Dr. Puzzuoli at 1-304-384-5209.

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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 with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Her anticipated graduation date is August 2001.

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