No “off” switch on the innovation machine

Elliance

The air may be hot and humid. The calendar may say July. And the temptation may certainly be to lounge away another lazy summer day.

But here at The Woods, our commitment to innovating and being forward-thinking as an institution does not take the season off. Or any season, for that matter.

Just last week we announced that, as part of the State of Missouri’s Seal of Biliteracy program, William Woods would begin offering up to 18 free, transferrable credit hours to incoming high school graduates who have attained proficiency in English and at least one other language. The Seal of Biliteracy, administered by the Missouri Department of Secondary Education (DESE), is designed to promote the active participation in a global society and economy by incentivizing, recognizing and celebrating the acquisition of biliteracy skills.

At WWU, our nationally-ranked American Sign Language program, as well as Spanish, are among the university’s course offerings. So once a student who has earned DESE’s Seal of Biliteracy commits to language study at William Woods, they will be eligible to receive up to 18 credit hours of language coursework transcripted toward their college degree, at no charge to the student. These credit hours can save students considerable time and money while providing them with the opportunity to advance their college language study more rapidly.

And while this is another example of William Woods using innovation to stay abreast of the changing trends in today’s world of higher education, it is also consistent with our professions-oriented institutional philosophy. And that is because students who are proficient in a second language have an increased ability to communicate, with clients, colleagues and associates, who speak a language other than English. Which makes them more in-demand by today’s employers in our 21st Century economy.

Simply put, innovation, professions-oriented and cost-effective have always been hallmarks of the William Woods mission. When you consider why this university continues to thrive heading into its 150th year of existence in 2020, the answer is crystal clear in any language.

Dr. Jahnae Barnett

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The company we keep

Elliance

The serenity that defines our campus in mid-May has arrived here at William Woods. After the non-stop activity of the month of April, we are suddenly engulfed in a calm and quiet that arrives to The Woods each year during this time. May is a good time to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments, but […]

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Hope – and reality – spring eternal

Elliance

April at The Woods! The month when the entire school year culminates in a flurry of activity, including Alumni Weekend, the spring meeting of the WWU Board of Trustees, final exams, the campus grounds turning a lovely shade of William Woods green, and of course the biggest event each year on campus, commencement. It is […]

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A letter to Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Elliance

The Honorable Michael Parson Governor of the State of Missouri State Capitol Jefferson City, MO 65102   Governor Parson, Here at William Woods University, our mission is abundantly clear – to serve as a professions-based institution of higher learning dedicated to producing graduates who are the most in-demand by today’s employers. We take pride in […]

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Educating the total person

Elliance

When we say we are committed to educating the “total person” here at The Woods, it has always been more than just lip service. For example, we created the nationally-lauded LEAD program 19 years ago for just that reason, to ensure we were providing education and experiences for our students that go well beyond the […]

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Bright new year – same long-standing commitment

Elliance

What could feel more shiny and new than saying “Happy New Year,” getting in the habit of using “2019” regularly, or just kicking off our Spring semester?  Not much, because the start of a new year, whether by calendar or semester, is always a refreshing feeling. As the calendar flips to a new year, year […]

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Forever in their debt

John Fougere

It happens every year. We are seemingly just past Move-In Day when Fall Family Weekend arrives, and then in what seems like a blur we find ourselves on the cusp of Thanksgiving break. It has always seemed fitting to me that Veterans’ Day and Thanksgiving are only a few short weeks apart on the calendar. […]

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And now a word about campus safety

Tiffany Smith

With the families of our students getting set to descend on our campus for the time-honored William Woods tradition of Fall Family Weekend, I look forward to visiting with so many of them about all the happenings here at The Woods. When the time comes for them to say their goodbyes to their students and […]

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Opening with a bang!

Tiffany Smith

  We like to spend a lot of time here at William Woods talking about why we are unique as a university. But what we really love to do is to demonstrate that it is not just talk, and that we truly are an institution that sits apart from our higher education peers. And there […]

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