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A focus team from William Woods University’s
accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission
(HLC), is recommending approval of William Woods
University’s frst doctorate degree, the doctorate in
educational leadership.
“This speaks about the long-standing quality of our
academic programs, particularly the graduate
programs for educators,” Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett,
WWU president, said. “In fact, we serve the largest
population of graduate students earning principal
and superintendent certifcation in Missouri, and our
graduates hold more than 500 school administrative
positions within our state.”
The HLC focus team visited campus Nov. 1 to
review the university’s proposal and visit key
personnel working with the doctoral program. The
recommendation will be presented to the
commission for fnal authorization in the spring
of 2011.
WWU has been offering master’s degree programs
since 1993 and added an educational specialist
(Ed.S.) program in 2003. The university began
providing its frst courses leading to a doctoral
degree in August, 2010.
The courses are for educators wishing to pursue a
doctorate (Ed. D.) in educational leadership, and are
part of the fnal approval process for a doctoral
degree program at William Woods.
Initial cohorts were established in Columbia and
Blue Springs; other locations are being considered
for future cohorts. Candidates must possess an Ed.S.
and two years of experience as a practicing educator
before applying for the program.
An exhibit of the increasingly popular American
outsider and folk art, including that of “the sign painter”
from Fulton, Jesse Howard, in one of two on display in
the Mildred Cox Gallery through Dec. 10.
The second is a Mary Randolph Commemorative
Retrospect, featuring the watercolors and illustrations
of Mary Randolph,
a Fulton artist
who was a student
of Thomas Hart
Benton and worked
in New York as a
fashion illustrator
in the 1950s.
The other exhibit,
titled “From
Inside the Soul:
Outsiders,” features
selected works by
visionary, self-taught Southerners, including Jesse
Howard. Before he died in 1983, he became known
nationally and internationally for his folk art, mostly
signs painted on boards. His passionate, hand-lettered
signs sometimes admonished politicians, commented
on the times and
quoted scripture.
His comments were
incorporated into
constructions and
assemblies made out
of such things
as old corn planters,
tricycles and a
dog-sized cart
fashioned out of wood. He used materials on hand—
pieces of colored glass, marbles, metal, leather (show
soles), window shades and wood—as a medium for
his signs.
Howard has been dubbed a “grass-roots artist,”
“native and visionary artist,” “folk artist,” “primitive
artist,” and an “idiosyncratic artist.”
The “outsider” exhibit includes a wide variety of art
by artists whose work demonstrates the enormous range
of styles and visions among artists working outside the
mainstream in the United States since World War II. In
addition to Howard, notable outsiders represented
Doctorate a Step Closer
include Georgia preacher R. A. Miller and Alabama
artists Jimmy Lee Sudduth and Mose Tolliver.
All the talents represented are self-taught, and each
demonstrates a powerful and distinctive vision that has
brought them national attention.
Outsider Art,
Watercolors on Exhibit
The Clapp Building in downtown Fulton,
painted by Mary Randolph
The “Fix It Gang” sign by Jesse Howard
“Look Ma”
by T. Marie
Nolan of