Ribbon Cutting Planned for William Woods University

The West Plains Chamber of Commerce will cut the ribbon for William Woods University at 1:30 p.m. May 4 at the West Plains Civic Center.

The ribbon cutting is to celebrate WWU’s first master of business administration (MBA) cohort in West Plains (which started in March) and to kick off recruitment for the university’s bachelor of science degree completion program in management (BSM) this fall.

William Woods University holds its business classes in the civic center. The university also holds master of education (M.Ed.) and specialist of education in school administration (Ed.S.) classes at West Plains High School.

Since its inception in the early 1990s, WWU’s Graduate & Adult Studies program has strived to meet the needs of working adults by offering accelerated programs at convenient times and locations.

These programs make it possible for people with full-time jobs to complete a baccalaureate or a graduate degree while remaining employed. The programs are designed to prepare students for career advancement and to enhance their marketability in the job market.

The MBA program is a 36-credit-hour program, designed to further prepare the working professional for a career in general management.

The BSM is designed for the working professional interested in completing the baccalaureate degree with an emphasis in management. Admission into the program requires the completion of 50-60 semester credit hours and at least two years of work experience.

Classroom activities for both the MBA and BSM are designed to provide the proper blend of theory and practice, thereby making for a true applications-oriented program. What is learned in class one evening may literally be applied to the real workforce the next day.

The 36-credit-hour M.Ed. program has three tracks—students can choose to study administration, which is intended to provide the fundamental skills necessary for effective school administration; curriculum and instruction, which is for teachers who wish to enhance their classroom skills, and athletics/activities administration, which is for anyone interested in developing and administering activities in any school or community setting.

The specialist of education in school administration degree program prepares educational administrators to be certified for the superintendent’s certification. It is a level higher than the master’s degree and it prepares recipients to pursue the doctorate degree.
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 here at WWU in our Graduate & Adult Studies program is specifically designed to help adults succeed in reaching their goals as efficiently as possible,” said Tutt.

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.

For more information about Graduate & Adult Studies programs, go to the William Woods website (www.williamwoods.edu). For business programs, contact Jenae Kirkwood at 1-800-995-3199 or jenae.kirkwood@williamwoods.edu. For education programs, contact Emily Stieferman at 1-800-995-3199 or emily.stieferman@williamwoods.edu.