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 to also spend some time thinking about the bigger picture of what is to come for our institution.

Both of those things, our past success and our bright future, intersected this week with some intriguing news for William Woods.

The premiere organization that classifies colleges and universities in this country is the Carnegie Classification, once known as the Carnegie Foundation, which has been the authority on the subject now since 1970. This year, Carnegie created a new Doctoral/Professional Universities category in its listing, which it defines as doctoral universities that offer professional practice doctorates with less than $5 million in research spending. Included in the 152 institutions from across the country in this new category is – you guessed it – our very own William Woods University. You can find the entire listing here: http://www.phairadvantage.com/news-center/colleges-and-universities-now-classified-as-doctoral-professional-universities/

Our new classification puts WWU in some, shall we say, rather impressive company. Other schools in this classification include nationally-known universities such as Elon, Creighton, Pepperdine, Drake, Gonzaga, Valparaiso and Santa Clara. Only three other Missouri universities join us in this prestigious class – Missouri St., Lindenwood and Maryville. These are institutions that are different from major doctoral universities with high research activity, but who focus on excellence in undergraduate majors and professional graduate programs. Which fits William Woods to a “T.”

We have always focused on providing quality academic programs that are the most in-demand by today’s employers, including just recently when we added new programs like Nursing, Cybersecurity and Show-Me GOLD. At the same time, we have always been tremendously proud of our graduate and online programs, which we instituted back in the 1990’s long before other smaller, private colleges like us were doing so. This commitment to our professions-oriented mission, and cutting edge innovation, are why we are a thriving institution as we head into the 150th anniversary of our founding in 2020.

It is said that the company you keep can say a lot about a person. Our new peers speak volumes – about where William Woods is in the hierarchy of higher education, and more importantly, where we are going in the future.

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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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An impressive lineup of leaders for The Woods

Tiffany Smith

  With the Major League Baseball season in full swing and the All-Star game this week, I encourage everyone to take a minute and read the very timely profile of our long-serving board member Charlie James which was recently posted on our news site, The Woods Today. In case you were not aware, one of […]

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