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4. Enriching educational experiences, up from 37.4
to 44.9 percent
5. Supportive campus environment, up from 59.1 to
62.9 percent
Students reported a supportive campus environment at
William Woods, with 83 percent of frst-year students
saying they are satisfed with their overall educational
experience and 80 percent saying that the institution has
a substantial commitment to their academic success.
The following selected areas are some in which William
Woods University seniors rated their institution higher
than other seniors who took the NSSE survey:
• 75 percent report that faculty are available, helpful
and sympathetic, compared to 57 percent.
• 42 percent “very often” discuss grades or assign
ments with an instructor, compared to 27 percent.
• 91 percent discuss career plans with faculty “often”
or “very often,” compared to 42 percent.
• 83 percent report they spend time working with
faculty members on committees and projects outside
of course work, compared to 53 percent.
• 24 percent of WWU students (compared to 19
percent overall) have done research with a
faculty member—something William Woods
promotes through its Mentor-Mentee program.
• 77 percent have participated in some form of
practicum, internship, feld experience, co-op or
clinical assignment, compared to 50 percent.
• 83 percent have completed or plan to complete
a culminating senior experience (capstone course,
Nov. 1 was the 170th anniversary of the birth of the
man who “saved” William Woods University, Dr.
William Stone Woods. A celebration was held for the
campus and Fulton community.
A reception was held in the Gladys Woods
Kemper Center for the Arts, which is named for
the granddaughter of Dr. Woods. Afterward Dr.
Gary Kremer, professor emeritus of history and
now executive director of the State Historical
Society, gave a presentation about Dr. Woods in
Dulany Auditorium.
In 1892, Dr. Woods
was elected to the
board of directors of
what was then called
the Female Orphan
School, so named
because it provided
education for girls
orphaned by the Civil
War. At that time, it
was primarily a school
for elementary and
high school students.
Believing that the
Orphan School
name was hindering
the entry of more full-pay students, the board
of directors petitioned to change the name to
Daughters College in 1899. However, debt
continued to plague the college until Dr. Woods and
his wife paid off the debt of $36,000 in 1900 to put
the school in the black again.
In 1901, the institution was renamed William Woods
College, in honor of the physician and banker whose
interest in the education of young women impelled
him to endow the institution with substantial and
repeated gifts.
Student Engagement
senior project or thesis, comprehensive exam, etc.),
compared to 66 percent.
• 76 percent (compared to 60 percent overall) have
participated in community service
• 73 percent have participated in community-based
service-learning as part of a regular course, compared
to 48 percent
• 89 percent feel they have been assisted “quite a bit” or
“very much” in acquiring job- or work-related
knowledge and skills, compared to 74 percent overall.
Happy 170th Birthday
Dr. William Stone Woods
WWU students view a display of Japanese items during a LEAD program.