Ribbon Cutting Planned for Expanded Columbia Facility

Only 16 months after moving into new, larger quarters, the Columbia campus of William Woods University is expanding again.

William Woods plans a ribbon cutting to celebrate the expansion of its Columbia facility Thursday, Dec. 11. An open house and tours will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Both the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and the Kingdom of Callaway (Fulton) Chamber of Commerce plan to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Graduate and Adult Studies program in Columbia moved to its current location at 3100 Falling Leaf Court, near AC and Highway 63, in the summer of 2002. The move was made to handle the ever-increasing demand for additional classroom space.

At the time, William Woods leased 7,500 square feet in the building shared with Cornerstone Insurance and owned by Little Dixie Construction. With the expansion, the university will have approximately 13,700 square feet to accommodate more students and new programs.

The increased space will allow for four additional classrooms and a potential increase of 240 students.

“Just a year ago, we moved to this facility to address our need for additional classroom space, and now we are inaugurating more space for our growing program,” Betsy Tutt, vice president and academic dean, said. “It is another exciting chapter in the growth of William Woods University in Columbia, Missouri.”

According to Tutt, the Columbia campus currently serves 371 students in eight different programs. There are four associate of arts cohorts, six bachelor of science degree completion cohorts (three in management, one in paralegal studies and two in computer and information management), eight master of business administration degree cohorts, two master of education degree cohorts and two educational specialist cohorts, plus many ACCESS classes in general education.

Since its inception in the early 1990s, WWU’s Graduate and Adult Studies program has strived to meet the needs of working adults by offering accelerated programs at convenient times and locations.
Non-traditional students reflect a growing national trend as more full-time working adults realize the value of maintaining a sustained involvement in higher education. Many adult students recognize that they need additional education either to advance in their current positions or to change careers.