Standard Language

The following are approved forms of standard statements required, either by law or common sense, in various publications.

Mission Statement

An independent voice in higher education, William Woods University distinguishes itself as a student-centered and professions-oriented university committed to the values of ethics, self-liberation, and lifelong education of students in the world community.

Affirmative Action Statements

Equal opportunity shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment, on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, status as Vietnam era veteran, protected physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. This also applies to the administration of personnel policies and procedures.

Campus Description and Location

William Woods University is located in historic Fulton, Mo., a growing professional community of approximately 12,000 people. WWU is a coeducational, independent, professions-oriented, liberal arts-based institution of approximately 3,600 students, representing most states and approximately 20 foreign countries. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines in both campus and site locations throughout Missouri and in Arkansas. Since its founding in 1870, the mission of William Woods has been to provide a quality education while ensuring the development of the individual.

The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. Unique programs of study include a four-year American Sign Language interpreting program, one of approximately 30 in the country; an internationally recognized equestrian studies program; the first juvenile justice degree in the state; and a criminal justice degree with homeland security emphasis.

Situated in mid-Missouri, the scenic 200-acre campus is about 100 miles west of St. Louis and 150 miles east of Kansas City. The state capital and the Lake of the Ozarks are nearby.

Graduate College Locations

The Graduate College locations, in addition to the Fulton campus, are as follows:

  • Blue Springs Site, Paul Consiglio Education Center, 1501 N.W. Jefferson, Room 109, Blue Springs, MO 64015-7242
  • Columbia Site, Cornerstone Building, 3100 Falling Leaf Court, Columbia, MO 65201-3575
  • Jefferson City Site, Diamonds Building, 919 Wildwood Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109-5798

The only WWU location that may be called a "campus" is the Fulton campus. Cohorts also meet in other venues, such as public schools, which are to be referred to as "site" or "location."

Institution-Only Description (use for any site)

William Woods University is a coeducational, independent, professions-oriented, liberal arts-based institution of approximately 3,800 students. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines in both campus and outreach settings. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. Since its founding in 1870, the mission of William Woods has been to provide a quality education while ensuring the development of the individual.

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