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Sophia University Junior College Division Education

2-1-1  Student enrollment

In the Sophia University Junior College Division, the quota of the Department of English Language is 250 for entrance, and the full quota is 500. The ratio of students to the full quota was below 100% from AY2012 to AY2015 owing to the influence of the social situation. Under these circumstances, the Department has carried out public relations for entrance examinations to make learning at our college visible since AY2016 in such a way as offering a class tour to give an opportunity for applicants to observe a usual class. Then, the number of new students has increased, and the quota for entrance has been fulfilled since AY2017. In AY2019, the number of new students was the largest in the past ten years.
(calculations conducted as of May 1 of each academic year)

2-1-2  Graduates

The number of graduates is changing according to the numbers of new students and dropouts and other factors every year.

2-1-3  Admissions trends

In AY2019, the number of applicants was 590, which was the largest in the past 11 years (AY2008–AY2018), and the number of new students was 282.
The numbers of both applicants and examinees decreased or leveled off from AY2012 to AY2016 owing to the influence of the Great East Japan Earthquake and other factors. The number of new students was somewhat below the quota for entrance from AY2013 to AY2015 but reached the quota again in AY2016. From AY2017 to AY2018, the number of applicants also increased again. One of the reasons for the increase in the number of applicants is the narrowing down of the successful examinees at universities due to stricter management of the quota of universities for entrance by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Students who intend to enter university have been increasing while keeping their motivation and improving their academic skills, which leads to transfer and admission to the Department. Regarding the entrance examination system, the Department is continuously working on reforming its entrance examinations to collect various students to revitalize campus much more.

2-1-4  Students on leave of absence and withdrawals

The number of students having left school or being absent from school varies from year to year and is changing at about 40 on the whole. In AY2013, IR activities were launched to identify various issues connected with withdrawal and absence from school, and efforts, such as improvements to curriculums and classes and a support system, have been enhanced for their reduction. In addition, leaning at our college is explained closely at open house or the like to prevent a mismatch after entrance into the college. Since AY2018, there have been more students who are absent from school for positive reasons of studying abroad, taking advantage of reduced college fees during absence from school.

2-1-5  Number of courses offered

The semester system was introduced in AY2005 and the number of courses offered has not largely changed since. In AY2014, the Junior College Division introduced Curriculum Assessment, under which course structure and graduation requirements are multidimensionally assessed against their original concept and plans as well as against current student and social needs.
In AY2012, the Sophia University Non-matriculated Student Program was introduced, allowing Junior College Division students to enroll in some courses offered at Sophia University, in addition to those offered at the Division. As of AY2015, students are also allowed to take part in the Peru Study Tour jointly organized with Sophia University and Nanzan University and to count the credits earned in their graduation requirements. Hence, students now enjoy increasingly wider course options.

2-1-6  Sophia Community College : number of courses offered and student enrollment

A large number of courses were offered by Sophia Community College up to AY2012 and the number of students continued to grow. However, in AY2013, some courses had to be cancelled because the number of enrollees failed to reach a given minimum requirement. The Department worked to review courses in such a way as adding courses on multicultural coexistence and the like for communities from AY2014 in addition to existing language courses. Furthermore, from AY2017, the Department started a course on English language teaching for children utilizing the characteristics of our college.

Sophia University Junior College Division Faculty Members

2-2-1  Number of regular faculty members and Student-Teacher ratio

*Regular faculty members = full-time faculty members, specially contracted professors, specially appointed faculty members, and nonregular full-time faculty members

2-2-2  Faculty members by nationality

In the figure below, an average of 25.5% of regular faculty members and 28.4% of part-time faculty members are foreign nationals. Some foreign national faculty members teach liberal arts courses and specialized courses in addition to language courses. By taking non-language courses taught in English, students can expand on their practical English skills and at the same time acquire expertise.
(calculations conducted as of May 1 of each academic year)

Reference: Countries and regions included in each region
【Asia】India, the Philippines, Thailand, China, Taiwan
【Europe】UK
【North America】US
【Oceania】Australia

2-2-3  Foreign faculty members and faculty members with a foreign degree

No changes are observed in the number of faculty members of foreign nationalities or Japanese faculty members with degrees from foreign universities.
Such faculty members collectively represent more than 50% of all regular faculty members and constitute a core factor of the multicultural campus of the Junior College Division along with the linguistically and culturally diversified student mix (10% of total enrollees are from non-Japanese backgrounds).
(calculations conducted as of May 1 of each academic year)

2-2-4  Percentage of female faculty members

Sophia University Junior College Division Global Features

2-3-1  Study abroad programs

Participants in study abroad programs decreased in AY2011 and have remained at around 40 people, as a con-sequence of the Great East Japan Earthquake which occurred in March 2011. In AY2012 the Junior College Division changed its study abroad agent to a new agent with a strong overseas network and enhanced its study abroad sup-port program. In AY2014, the destination of overseas short-term language courses was limited to the University of Gloucester-shire and Bond University, which have established educational programs that ensure high quality teaching. In AY2015, the Division launched new overseas study tours, including the Federated States of Micronesia Inter-cultural Study Tour and the Peru Study Tour, jointly developed with Sophia University.

Sophia University Junior College Division Campus Life

2-4-1  Scholarships

The selection process for Tuition Support Scholarships was reviewed in AY2013, setting stricter criteria to define the level of financial difficulty so that scholarships can be delivered to students most in need of support.
In AY2016, more students applied for New Student Scholarships, resulting in an increase in recipients. In AY2017, recipients of Tuition Support Scholarships increased. However, as students on the scholarship awarded by the Japan Student Services Organization have increased since AY2018, both applicants for and recipients of Tuition Support Scholarship have decreased.
The student support system has been further enhanced by the establishment of Sophia Campus Support Scholarship for Single-parent Students in AY2019.

2-4-2  Percentage of students registered in an extracurricular student organization

Despite the increasing trend in the number of new enrollees, the number of students joining extracurricular student organizations has decreased, in line with the drop in the number of organizations. A large number of new organizations were established every year, but failed to continue to exist, presumably because many of them could not find successors to manage the organization. Long-established organizations are also being dissolved because of shrinking membership. The number of students joining organizations has been also decreasing since AY2017, but it seems that there are students who belong to organizations outside of the Division and to those that carry out volunteer activities.

2-4-3  Service Learning

Service Learning is an attempt to effectively connect what is learned from community engagement, through volunteer social service, such as volunteer work, with what is learned in the classroom. Participating students take a class on each activity and carry out the activity using the knowledge gained in the class. The activities of College Friend and Community Friend were introduced as practical work of a curricular subject in AY2019.
About thirty percent of all students participate in Service Learning every year. It is considered that the decrease in the number of students participating in College Friend activities in Spring AY2019 was due to a sabbatical of a faculty member specializing in the relevant field. The decrease in the number of students participating in Community Friend activities in the same term was due to a decrease in the number of learners subject to support.

– English Friend: Giving original English lessons at public elementary schools in the City of Hadano.
– College Friend: Giving support for Japanese language learning and subjects study for children related to foreign countries at public elementary and junior high schools in the City of Hadano.
– Community Friend: Giving support for Japanese language learning and subjects study for local children andcitizens related to foreign countries at our college or community centers.
– Kids English Friend: Reading English picture books to infants at the Hadano City Library or other places.

Sophia University Junior College Division Career Options

2-5-1  Employment trends

Given high expectations for the English proficiency of Junior College Division students, they receive many job offers. Their performance has been highly evaluated in various industries, ranging from the manufacturing industry (clerical work) to the service industry. The Junior College Division offers more than 30 “Job Guidance” sessions a year, based on various themes such as “Self-analysis” and other basic matters, “SPI exercise,” “How to prepare a resume and entry sheet,” “Working experience report” by graduates, and “Company research seminar” by HR personnel, as well as personal consultations and support. In AY2019, 95.08% of students seeking employment were successful in finding jobs.

2-5-2  University transfer trends

An average of 84 students transfers to four-year universities after graduating from the Junior College Division. It should be noted that more than 90% (93.12% on average) of students who seek to pursue further studies at a university are successful.
The Junior College Division offers guidance on university transfers multiple times a year, providing advice on how to select faculties and departments, the contents and schedule of transfer examinations, how to prepare for transfers, how to complete applications, etc. A majority of students transfer to Sophia University after passing the special transfer admissions examination for Junior College Division students (Types A & B) or the general transfer admissions examination. The number of students transferring to other universities varies from year to year, but there were transfers to Tokyo Women’s Christian University for ten years from AY2010 through AY2019.

Sophia University Junior College Division Library

2-6-1  Library collection trends

Gathering statistics on the number of books in the library collection was started from AY2012, in which computerization was completed. The computerization has allowed searching, sending for, receiving and returning of books in the Central Library of Sophia University and other libraries. Books that form the basis of academic research and technical books on humanities are mainly selected.

2-6-2  Library use trends

Considering differences in the number of the Library’s opening days from year to year, the numbers of both library users and borrowed books are relatively stable. The Department of English Language made efforts to increase the borrowing of Western books by holding exhibitions of Western books and other such events. Consequently, since AY2018, the number of borrowed Western books has continued to rise.