“Identifying Motivation and Developing
Ability” –Seigakuin University
and stretching the personality of each and every student through
cultivating meaningful human relations through small group instruction.
Seigakuin University has been known as “A Caring
University” and as “ A University Where You Can Grow and Improve"
and has been highly regarded by the mass media in recent years.
Even though Seigakuin University is relatively new, having been
established only 20 years ago, it has responded to requests from
the community ever since its inception, with the goal of creating
a type of university that had previously not existed in Japan. In
response to a situation in which the significance of spending four
years at a university is lost when the final target of many students
is merely getting into some school, we maintain the belief that
there can be significant growth during those four years if the students
“desire to enter the University with a specific goal” and they begin
to think about what they would like to do after they graduate from
the time when they first enroll.
To this end, each department is limited to 100
students, and many classes have less than 50 students. This is particularly
true in classes where the student’s self-expression is especially
important, in which cases most such classes are conducted in small
groups of 10 students or less. On a scale in which the instructors
know the students' names and faces, it is possible to respect and
stretch each students' personality while concurrently cultivating
meaningful human relationships in the classroom.
In addition, there is a group advisor system at
Seigakuin University in which one of the faculty members serves
as an advisor to approximately 10 students, and there are assembly
hours where various topics are approached at the department level;
through it all, the student's independence as an individual is highly
respected. There is also positive support for challenging volunteer
work, while at the same time there are a number of avenues available
should problems arise or should students simply wish to converse
within a cooperative network that plays the role of a safety net.
Christianity is the backbone of our school, and surely the Lord’s
words "Ask, and it shall be given to you” indicate the essence
of “caring" that emphasizes personal dignity, freedom and autonomy.
Our stance is that we desire to admit those students
who will work towards creating a positive university life based
on an understanding of Seigakuin’s unique type of education. Therefore,
we have published our school’s formal “Admissions Policy” and changed
the entrance examination. We declare a posture in which “we strive
to admit those students who are suitable for our university by focusing
on each one’s unique personality and character, which cannot be
quantified”, and not to formally require the National Center Test
for University Admissions used by many private universities.
Therefore, examinees are not selected based solely
on one-sided academic ability as assessed by the written examination.
We are continuing to reform our examination to “discover motivation
and ability”, and to “determine the school most appropriate for
the individual" who is taking the exam. We like to consider
our exams as being learning exams, and, as such, we believe that
"education at our school begins with the exam". We use
careful interviews and theme-based reports where we take time to
investigate those students who are considering each department with
"report-type Admissions Office (AO) exams” and “one- day lecture-type
AO exams”. The information gleaned regarding the merits of the examinees
is then presented from a positive viewpoint, starting with the daily
application status, the minimum points required for passing, the
average points for the test, and the correct answer ratio.
Our school will illuminate those students who have
the motivation and willingness to grow and develop their abilities
with an eye to the future. We plan on supporting them from every
possible angle in meeting this challenge.
* Published in the free paper, “Lock On!” Vol.
1, University Entrance Plan Research Newspaper