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WINTer | 2013-14 The Woods Magazine
WWU Recognized
for Providing High
Quality Education
at Affordable Price
By Mary Ann Beahon
Students get more bang for their
bucks at William Woods University,
say two organizations that rank
institutions of higher education for
return on investment.
AffordableCollegesOnline.org (AC
Online) launched a new ranking,
AC Online: Highest Return on Invest-
ment Colleges in Missouri,” which
analyzed 222 Missouri colleges and
identified the 27 colleges where degrees
pay off the most. WWU ranked #20.
Earlier, the College Database
recognized William Woods for
providing high quality education
at an affordable price. WWU was
one of five private not-for-profit
Missouri schools named. In addition,
11
public universities and one private
for-profit institution made the list.
We knew we were doing a good job
of keeping our costs low and
preparing our students well for
careers and life after college, but it is
always nice to be recognized for our
accomplishments,” Dr. Jahnae H.
Barnett, WWU president, said. “From
our faculty and staff, to our alumni and
donors, everyone works to make this a
great place for our students to get an
education and succeed in life
after college.”
Schools on the College Database
list have annual tuition rates below
$20,000, and new graduates who
earn more than $30,000 per year, on
average. WWU students enter the
workforce earning an estimated
$32,400 per year after graduation,
ranking it among the most financially
effective of all Missouri post-
secondary schools.
AC Online documented the
Missouri colleges and universities
with the greatest lifetime return on
investment. Graduates from these
schools enjoy the largest earnings
gap between non-degree holders
over 30 years, and earn more on
average than graduates from other
Missouri schools.
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By Mary Ann Beahon
Once again, the Alpha Chi Omega
chapter at WilliamWoods University is
the sole recipient of the National Council
Trophy—the sorority’s highest award for
collegiate chapters. In addition, this year
Katherine Wortmann won the Estelle
Leonard Award as the outstanding senior
in the nation.
Diane Blackwelder, national Alpha
Chi Omega president, visited Delta Chi
chapter Aug. 18 to present the crystal
National Council Trophy and
Wortmann’s plaque.
Wortmann, who graduated in May,
was the recipient of numerous WWU
awards for her active campus involvement
during her four years at WilliamWoods.
She is fromMexico,Mo.
The Estelle Leonard Outstanding
Senior Award honors a senior from a
collegiate chapter who best represents
the ideals of Alpha Chi Omega. She is
actively involved in her chapter, on
campus and/or in her community.
The National Council Trophy is based
on the five key areas of the sorority’s
strategic plan: relevance, reputation,
recruitment, retention, and
maximizing resources.
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Alpha Chi Omega National President Diane
Blackwelder (right) presents the Estelle
Leonard Award as the outstanding Alpha
Chi Omega senior in the nation to
Katherine Wortmann. (Photos by
Mary Ann Beahon)
Diane Blackwelder (third from right, front
row) and Claire Thibodaux display the
National Council Trophy with Alpha Chi
Omega executive board members and
their adviser, Judy Schmuck (fourth
from left, front row).