William Woods University Expands into Blue Springs

Founded in 1870, William Woods University expanded its mission in 1992 to address the need for adult-oriented undergraduate and graduate programs in Missouri. Now it is expanding into Blue Springs.


While career advancement now demands constant learning, many professionals find that traditional classroom education is a poor fit for their unpredictable schedules that can already include long hours, work-related travel, and personal responsibilities. William Woods University designed its programs to help adult learners overcome these challenges.


Today WWU serves approximately 3,000 students in a variety of degree programs at convenient locations in more than 125 Missouri communities and in Arkansas. In addition to the main campus in Fulton, William Woods has permanent facilities in Columbia and Jefferson City—and now in Blue Springs.


During the 2007-2008 academic year, Graduate & Adult Studies (G&AS) administrators from William Woods University met with district and building administrators from the Blue Springs School District R-IV, building administrators from the Blue Springs parochial school system, and with members of the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce.


Discussion centered on possible ways WWU could serve the educational needs of working adults in the Blue Springs community. As a direct result of the meetings, in July, 2008, G&AS has moved to a site campus in Blue Springs, located in the upper level of the Paul Consiglio Education Center, 1501 N.W. Jefferson St.


G&AS will be working directly with the Blue Springs R-IV School District, as a partner school in meeting the educational needs of working adults.


The Blue Springs team consists of Dr. Vince Paolillo, director of site operations; Suzanne Singleton, business enrollment representative, and Doug Doss, education enrollment representative. They are excited to be working with the Blue Springs School District and the Blue Springs community.


Paolillo said, “I know that William Woods University will be a responsible partner and together we will meet the needs of working adults in the Blue Springs community.”


An information meeting for WWU’s business programs is scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 19, with an orientation scheduled for Sept. 23—6 p.m. for the B.S. in management (BSM) and 7 p.m. for the master of business administration (MBA) degree.


An orientation for the master of education (M.Ed.) will be held Aug. 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Prospective students are encouraged to contact the university’s Graduate & Adult Studies program prior to then, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call 1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by e-mail at AdultEd@WilliamWoods.edu.


G&AS programs are offered in the evening, making it possible to pursue a degree while remaining employed full time.


Utilizing a model of accelerated learning, programs are structured so that a degree can be completed in 18-22 months. A signature characteristic of the WWU experience is the interactive learning process of the study group through which students share their varied experiences.


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 six weeks.


The master of business administration program is designed to provide the proper blend of theory and practice to further prepare the working professional for a career in management. The master of education program has three tracks—students can choose to study administration, curriculum and instruction or athletics/activities administration.


Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, William Woods is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. More information is available on the William Woods website at www.TheWoods.edu.

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The Blue Springs team for William Woods University consists of (left to right) Dr. Vince Paolillo, director of site operations; Suzanne Singleton, business enrollment representative, and Doug Doss, education enrollment representative.