William Woods Achieves High Rankings in Ingram’s

William Woods University is ranked number 13 among top private colleges and universities in Missouri and Kansas and eighth among top MBA (master of business administration degree) programs in the two-state area, according to Ingram’s Magazine.

Ingram’s, a Kansas City business magazine, published the rankings in its May 2006 edition. Both rankings were based on 2006 spring enrollment, which has been on an upward trend at WWU for more than a dozen years.

William Woods moved up three places in the private schools ranking and six spots in the MBA rankings. WWU jumped ahead of St. Louis University, Missouri State University, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Kansas and Fontbonne University and DeVry University on the MBA list. It had already been in front of the University of Missouri-Columbia (number 18) and Columbia College (number 20).

Enrollment during the spring semester at William Woods was 2,754, up 183 from a year ago. Enrollment has shown an increase of 1,055 in the past four years. MBA enrollment this spring was 362, marking a growth of about 100 students since 2002. Both enrollments are expected to climb this fall.

The six most popular undergraduate majors at WWU are the internationally recognized equestrian studies program, business administration, education, American Sign Language Interpreting (one of only 25 four-year programs in North America), communications and biology.

On the graduate level, the master of education degree is the largest, but Ingram’s doesn’t rank M.Ed. programs. Jahnae H. Barnett, president of William Woods, is especially proud of the MBA ranking in Ingram’s.

“For a 13-year-old program to be ranked number eight in Missouri and Kansas is especially noteworthy, but William Woods University has an impressive history, with a tradition of excellence dating back more than 136 years,” Barnett said.

“We began the program in 1992, and now we serve students throughout the entire state of Missouri and also have permanent facilities in Jefferson City and Columbia.”

Sherry McCarthy, vice president and academic dean, added, “The fact that our enrollment continues to increase speaks volumes about our program. Since the inception of our Graduate & Adult Studies program, we have strived to meet the needs of working adults by offering progressive programs at convenient times and locations.”

In addition to the traditional MBA, which was first offered in 1993, students can choose an MBA with an emphasis in accounting, health management or human resources.

“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,” McCarthy said.

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

Additional graduate programs include a master of education (M.Ed.) in administration, curriculum/instruction or athletics/activities administration and a specialist of education (EDS) in school administration and in curriculum leadership.

To learn more about the William Woods University, go to www.williamwoods.edu, call 800-995-3159 or e-mail admissions@williamwoods.edu. For Graduate & Adult Studies programs, go to www.williamwoods.edu/evening, call 800-995-3199 or e-mail cgas@williamwoods.edu.