CIM Degree Program Offered in Columbia

William Woods University is offering Columbia area residents the opportunity to pursue a bachelor of science degree in computer and information management (CIM) without quitting work.

An orientation will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 at the William Woods facility in Columbia, located at 3100 Falling Leaf Ct. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the university’s Graduate and Adult Studies program prior to then, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call 1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by e-mail at

Amanda Halderman completed her CIM degree through William Woods. She chose WWU because, “The convenience of having class only one night a week worked well with my job. I could earn my degree in a reasonable amount of time and still continue to work full time.”

Entrance into the CIM program requires a minimum of two years’ professional experience, preferably in an information technology area. It is a 42-semester-hour program developed specifically for full-time working adults seeking to further their knowledge in the area of information technology and information management.

The program is designed to prepare students for career advancement and to enhance their marketability in the job market. Successful completion of the CIM program prepares people for a variety of the more than half a million entry-level computer information management positions that are now available.

Employing a model of accelerated learning developed especially for the convenience of the working adult, the CIM program is 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.

Classes meet once a week in the evening for four hours. Study groups can meet once more 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 Betty R. Tutt, vice president of external initiatives.

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 normally runs five to 10 weeks in length.

“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 Tutt.

In addition to the CIM, William Woods offers several other Graduate and Adult Studies programs, including an associate of arts degree in liberal studies, the ACCESS program of general education, a B.S. in management (BSM), a BSM with human resources emphasis, a B.S. in marketing and a B.S. in paralegal studies.

Graduate programs include a master of business administration (MBA), MBAs with accounting, health management or human resources emphasis, a master of education (M.Ed.) in administration, curriculum/instruction or athletics/activities administration and a specialist of education in school administration or instructional leadership.

To learn more about William Woods University’s CIM program or other Graduate and Adult Studies programs, visit the William Woods website at