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U.S. News ranks
William Woods in
top 100 Midwest
universities
By Mary Ann Beahon
For the second year in a row, William
Woods University is one of the top 100
universities in the Midwest, according to
the 2012 edition of U.S. News & World
Report’s annual Best Colleges issue.
WWU jumped eight spots, from 99th to
91st, in this year’s 28th edition of the
college rankings. Altogether 631 regional
universities were evaluated.
Regional universities, the category where
William Woods is ranked, offer an array of
undergraduate and graduate degrees but
few doctoral programs.
In addition, William Woods was cited
for its freshman retention rate, which
measures the percentage of first-year
students returning for their sophomore
years. Nationally as many as one in three
first-year students does not return, for a
variety of reasons. WWU’s rate was 80
percent; the highest in the Midwest was
89 percent.
“I’m very pleased that we have moved up
in this year’s rankings,”
Dr. Jahnae H.
Barnett
, WWU president, said.
“This solidifies William Woods University’s
position among the leading universities
in the region. It is excellent news for our
stakeholders, particularly our alumni and
students, as the value of their educational
investment continues to increase. I am
delighted that William Woods is receiving
the recognition it richly deserves.”
William Woods
University improves
computer technology
By Andrea Weed ’11
William Woods
University has improved
computer access for
students by installing
virtual computers in
labs across campus.
Jim Long
, director of
University Information
Technologies, said,
“Virtual computers in labs
allow us to deliver a better
product to students and
really make computing on campus
a lot easier.”
In addition to making computer access
more convenient, the new setup saves
the university thousands of dollars in
update and operating costs.
In May the UIT department installed 68
thin client devices on campus. A thin
client is a computer that
depends on its server to
fulfill its traditional
computational roles.
Using thin clients
eliminates the bulk of
memory, CPU, and a hard
drive on individual lab
devices. The thin clients
allow users to virtually
access any lab software
and its programs from
another lab on campus.
The new system will save the university
about $4,000 annually in electricity.
Using thin clients cuts repair and
operating costs to approximately
one-tenth of the old system.
UIT also upgraded the Internet from
a 20 MB connection to a 100 MB
connection, significantly improving the
speed of downloading, web browsing,
gaming, and watching videos online.
Part of the Internet capability is
reserved for faculty members, which
is useful in the classroom for showing
videos and uploading presentations.
The technology WWU has installed is
competitive with larger universities across
the country and will serve as a base for
future extensions and improvements.
Long added, “We are one of only three
universities in the state deploying virtual
labs at this level, so it puts us on the
forefront of technology developments.”