Concord University Brokers Academic Credit Agreement with Schools in Japan
Athens, W.Va. – Concord University Vice President and Academic Dean, Dr. Dean Turner, announced that Concord has reached an articulation agreement with the Shibuya Institute for Foreign Languages (SIFL) in Tokyo, Japan. Articulation agreements are designed to facilitate the successful transfer of students from institutions of higher education to Concord University. The articulation agreement specifies which SIFL classes may be transferred to meet general education courses, electives or major requirements at Concord.
Articulation agreements were also re-negotiated with the Japan College of Foreign Languages in Tokyo and Osaka College in Osaka, Japan, according to Turner.
“As a Japanese student at one of these institutions looks at opportunities to go to a college or university in the United States, they can see how they can use their existing credits at Concord,” Turner explained.
Instructor in English as a Second Language, Ms. Sharon Rowe, and Professor of English and Director for the J. Frank Marsh Library, Dr. Stephen Rowe, visited Japan to conduct the preliminary negotiations for these agreements with Japanese higher education institutions.
“We visited six Japanese schools and one referral agency,” said Ms. Rowe, “these Japanese Foreign Language Institutes are equivalent to community colleges in the U.S.”
Dr. and Ms. Rowe conducted an analysis of the catalogs and course descriptions and teaching credentials of the faculty to determine how credits should be awarded.
Students from SIFL and other institutions in Japan can now receive credit for their coursework in classes ranging from U.S. History to Chinese.
“Students in Japan come to West Virginia for many reasons,” said Ms. Rowe. "They seem to like Concord because of our cost, the degrees we offer, and the general appeal of the State of West Virginia.”
“The exposure of the international students on our students is great for our growing university. I believe it provides a level of diversity that is important for our students,” noted Dr. Turner. “Students coming from Japan and many other countries contribute to a student body at Concord that is culturally diverse, with benefits both in the classroom, as well as out of the classroom.”
Concord University currently enrolls 32 students from Japan, and there are over 130 students in Concord’s student body classified as international.
CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Jesse Call, a student in Concord University’s political science department, wrote this press release. His hometown is Pocahontas, Va.