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The Woods Magazine WINTer | 2013-14
The alarm rings and 19-year-old
Dakota Smith is up and ready for a
new day. After a quick shower, he
heads out of the Stone-Campbell
apartment complex to Tucker Dining
Hall. He meets some of his baseball
buddies and chows down on eggs
mixed with tomatoes, Raisin Bran with
soy milk, and pancakes with peanut
butter syrup. Then it’s on to his 9:25
class in business law.
Jennifer Ogden is juggling an Arby’s
roast beef sandwich and Diet Coke as
she drives to Fulton from Mexico, Mo.
The director of accounting at the
Audrain Medical Center (AMC) is
heading to her second MBA class on
the WWU campus. While there, her
year-old son texts her wanting to
know where to locate his gym bag.
Then it’s back to a lively, interactive
class project.
It’s pajama time for Meredith Leslie.
The WWU ’95 graduate with a B.A.
in marketing has poured a hot cup
of cocoa and is settled in front of
her laptop. With a full day juggling
various communications projects at
Proctor&Gamble behind her, now is
the perfect opportunity to continue
her online pursuit of a Master of
Education degree in teaching
and technology.
Smith, Ogden, and Leslie share
a love of learning, but their diverse
lifestyles have put them on different
paths to achieve their educational
goals. With the introduction of online
programs in 2012, William Woods can
now cater to traditional students, those
wanting classroom experiences in their
hometown, and students wanting
to learn at home.
For William Woods, the transition
into online learning was a natural
extension of our educational mission,”
said Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, WWU
president. “Nationally, online programs
are expected to increase nearly 13
percent a year and be a $50-billion
industry by 2014. It is clear that we
began bringing WWU to you in 1992
with the offering of evening programs
located across the state targeted to
working adults. We are now able to
serve an even larger number of our
constituents with the convenience of
online learning.”
WWU now offers seven online
degree programs, enrolling a total of 100
degree-seeking students from 11 states.
Enrollment in the M.Ed. teaching and
technology online program was a natural
transition for Leslie, who is no stranger
to William Woods.
I received an outstanding education
at WWU while pursing my bachelor’s
degree in marketing,” said Leslie, who
currently serves on the WWU Alumni
Board. Now living in Dayton, Ohio,
she said she wants to upgrade her
educational technology skills to
enhance the experiences of my
Proctor&Gamble colleagues by
making the learning and training
processes more exciting.”
Serving the approximately 1,000
traditional students remains the
backbone of the William Woods
educational platform. Smith, a
sophomore from Montgomery City,
Mo., sees the value in WWU. “It’s
unbeatable … the quality of education
for the price you pay,” he said. Smith
also continues his love of athletics by
catching for the WWU baseball team.
Career advancement was the goal of
Ogden when she signed up for her
MBA evening class at WWU. A
half-hour drive from work places her
on the WWU home campus, one of 80
evening locations around the state.
The William Woods evening classes
certainly have a great reputation,” said
Ogden. “What really convinced me to
go to WWU was the experience of my
fellow directors at the Audrain Medical
Center, who had received their advanced
degrees through the program.”
And, the diversification and quality
of education has not gone unnoticed.
The College Database has listed WWU
as one of the best colleges for value while
AC Online recently honored William
Woods as having one of the highest
return on investment” institutions
in Missouri.
Academics: Three tracks - one destination: Success