Business Degree Program Offered in Fulton

William Woods University is offering Fulton
area residents the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Science in management
(BSM) degree without quitting work.

The program will begin with an open house enrollment meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the Burton
Business Building on the WWU campus. Prospective students are encouraged to
contact the university prior to then, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call
1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by email at evening@williamwoods.edu.
 
The BSM is designed for the working
professional interested in completing the baccalaureate degree with an emphasis
in management. The curriculum has been designed to reflect the appropriate mix
of business theory with real world practice.
 
Admission into the program requires
the completion of 25 semester credit hours.
 
Wes Mullins of Ellsinore, Mo., completed his BSM in Poplar
Bluff.
 
“In my opinion, one of the greatest strengths of the program
was the diversity of the instructors our cohort had. Most were working
professionals themselves, which allowed them to share real world experiences
with us,” he said.
 
He added, “When I made the decision to get my B.S. I
weighed all the options that were available to me. Without a doubt, the WWU program
was the best fit.  I don’t think there is
a better program for the working adult. 
I would like to thank William Woods for offering such a program, it has
helped me tremendously.” 
 
Employing a model of accelerated
learning developed especially for the convenience of the working adult, these
educational programs are structured so that a degree can be completed in as few
as 18 months.
 
William Woods offers degree
programs that utilize a cohort model, emphasizing learning through
student-directed study groups of three to five students.
 
 “Cohort” describes a group of people who collaborate
to reach a common goal. WWU’s program utilizes the diversity of the individual
members to broaden the learning experience of the class as a whole as they work
together.  The school recognizes that
learning can and does take place outside of the classroom and that theoretical
knowledge is only useful if applied to real-life on-the-job situations.
 
Mullins had high praise for the study group concept.
 
“This is a fine example of how much a team can accomplish,
as compared to what I might have gotten done alone.  The support, competition and accountability
that our study group provided made a huge difference in the learning process,”
he said.
 
Classes meet once a week in the
evening for four hours.  Study groups
meet outside class to prepare projects and assignments before the upcoming
week.           
 
“With the teamwork approach of
using study groups and projects within the cohort model, students can draw on a
greater pool of ideas, and they have the opportunity to learn quickly that the
effectiveness of one person can be greatly enhanced by utilizing the other
members of the group,” said David Forster, dean of business.
 
Because of the nature of
programming—focusing effort on one course at a time—90 percent of all students
finish their program successfully.  Each
course runs eight weeks.
 
“William Woods University is a
leader when it comes to designing quality programs for nontraditional adult
students.  Everything we do is
specifically designed to help adults succeed in reaching their goals as
efficiently as possible,” said Forster.
 
More information on the university’s evening
programs is available at www.williamwoods.edu/evening.