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as of May 3, 2016

William Woods University

One University Avenue
Fulton, MO 65251-2388
(800) 995-3159
www.williamwoods.edu

*Previous names: William Woods College to William Woods University (4/17/93)


The information on this page describes the accreditation relationship between this institution and the Higher Learning Commission. General information about the Commission and the accreditation process is provided at the end of this document. In addition, links to definitions are provided for many of the terms used.


Accreditation Information

Current status: Accredited

Accreditation granted:01/01/1919

Most recent reaffirmation of accreditation: 2007 - 2008

Next reaffirmation of accreditation: 2016 - 2017


Upcoming or In-Progress Reviews

10/17/2016:Comprehensive Evaluation 
 

Most Recent History with the Commission

10/10/2007:Comprehensive Evaluation - Approved for Continued Accreditation 
 

General Institutional Information

This section provides brief, general information about the institution’s organization and scope. The information is self-reported by the institution through the annual Institutional Update to the Commission. Additional information can be found at nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/ or on the institution’s web site noted above.

Control: Private NFP

Degree programs (number in each category): Associates (1), Bachelors (39), Masters (5), Specialist (2), Doctoral (1)

Certificate programs (number offered): 0

Off-Campus Activities (This listing was last updated: 04/28/2016; the information may not be current.) The institution’s accreditation includes courses and programs at:

In-State:   Campuses:   None.
         
    Additional Locations:   William Woods University - Belton High School - Belton, MO; William Woods University - South Harrison High School - Bethany, MO; William Woods University - Blue Springs High School - Blue Springs, MO; William Woods University - Blue Springs Administrative Office - Blue Springs, MO; Brookfield Area Career Center - Brookfield, MO; William Woods University - Hawthorn Elementary School - Camdenton, MO; William Woods University- Cameron High School - Cameron, MO; William Woods University - Cape Girardeau Career and Tech Center - Cape Girardeau, MO; William Woods University - Caruthersville Elementary School - Caruthersville, MO; William Woods University - JCC-Marilyn Fox Building - Chesterfield, MO; William Woods University - Grand River Technical Center - Chillicothe, MO; William Woods University - Clinton Technical School - Clinton, MO; William Woods University - Columbia Campud - Columbia, MO; William Woods University - Parkade Center - Columbia, MO; William Woods University - T.S. Hill Middle School - Dexter, MO; William Woods University - Eldon Upper Elementary School - Eldon, MO; William Woods University - Eldon Career Center - Eldon, MO; William Woods University - Eldorado Springs Middle School - Eldorado Springs, MO; William Woods University - Rockwood School District Administrative Building - Eureka, MO; William Woods University - Eureka High School - Eureka, MO; William Woods University - Farmington High School - Farmington, MO; William Woods University - Festus Intermediate School - Festus, MO; William Woods University - Hazelwood West High School - Florissant, MO; William Woods University - Hannibal Career and Technical Center - Hannibal, MO; William Woods University - Hannibal Inn & Suites - Hannibal, MO; William Woods University - Lafayette Co. C-1 High School - Higginsville, MO; William Woods University - Windsor C1 Intermediate Center - Imperial, MO; William Woods University - Truman High School - Independence, MO; William Woods University - Cape Girardeau Executive Business Ctr. - Jackson, MO; William Woods University - Jefferson City - Jefferson City, MO; William Woods University - McAuley Catholic High School - Joplin, MO; William Woods University - Kearney Junior High - Kearney, MO; William Woods University - Kirksville Area Technical Center - Kirksville, MO; Lebanon - Lebanon, MO; William Woods University - Lebanon Technical & Career Center - Lebanon, MO; William Woods University - Woodland Elementary School - Lee's Summit, MO; William Woods University - Lexington Middle School - Lexington, MO; Liberty Community Center - Liberty, MO; William Woods University - Liberty North High School - Liberty, MO; William Woods University - Macon Area Vocational Technical School - Macon, MO; William Woods University - Mansfield High School - Mansfield, MO; William Woods University - Walt Disney Elementary School - Marceline, MO; William Woods University - Marshall Bueker Middle School - Marshall, MO; William Woods University - Milan Elementary School - Milan, MO; Moberly High School - Moberly, MO; William Woods University - Moberly Area Community College - Moberly, MO; William Woods University - Moberly High School - Moberly, MO; William Woods University - Scott Regional Technology Center - Monett, MO; William Woods University - Montgomery County Middle School - Montgomery City, MO; William Woods University - Troy Public School Ninth Grade Center - Moscow Mills, MO; William Woods University - Nevada Middle School - Nevada, MO; William Woods University - Central Middle School - New Madrid, MO; William Woods University - Noel Elementary School - Noel, MO; William Woods University - Oak Grove Elementary School - Oak Grove, MO; William Woods University - Osage Beach High School - Osage Beach, MO; William Woods University - Ray-Pec High School - Peculiar, MO; William Woods University - Perryville Elementary School - Perryville, MO; William Woods University - Marion County R-1 High School - Philedelphia, MO; William Woods University - Poplar Bluff High School - Poplar Bluff, MO; William Woods University - Poplar Bluff Regional TCRC - Poplar Bluff, MO; Poplar Bluff High School - Poplar Bluff, MO; William Woods University - Rich Hill High School - Rich Hill, MO; William Woods University - Rolla Technical Institute - Rolla, MO; William Woods University - Rolla Public High School - Rolla, MO; William Woods University - Smith Cotton Jr. High - Sedalia, MO; William Woods University - Sikeston St. Francis Xavier School - Sikeston, MO; William Woods University - Springfield Executive Conference Center - Springfield, MO; Heartland Regional Medical Center - St. Joseph, MO; William Woods University - South Pemiscot County School Administration Building - Steele, MO; William Woods University - Lincoln County Troy Buchanan High School - Troy, MO; William Woods University - Central Elementary School - Union, MO; William Woods University - Putnam County High School - Unionville, MO; William Woods University - Warrensburg Community Center - Warrensburg, MO; William Woods University - Webster Groves High School - Webster Groves, MO; William Woods University - West Plains Middle School - West Plains, MO; William Woods University - South Central Career Center - West Plains, MO;
         
Out-of-State:   Campuses:   None.
         
    Additional Locations:   None.
         
Out-of-U.S.:   Campuses:   None.
         
    Additional Locations:   None.
         


About HLC and Accreditation

Institutions of higher education in the United States seek accreditation through two types of accreditation agencies, institutional and specialized. Institutional accreditation agencies are classified as regional and national.

National accreditation associations focus on certain types of colleges such as trade and technical institutions, or religious colleges such as seminaries and bible colleges.

Regional accreditation agencies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit degree granting colleges and universities. There are six regions of the U.S. in which regional agencies operate. The regional accreditation agencies have similar standards for accrediting colleges and universities.

Regional accreditation validates the quality of an institution as a whole and evaluates multiple aspects of an institution ranging from its academic offerings, governance and administration, mission, finances, and resources.

The Higher Learning Commission is a regional accreditation agency that accredits degree granting institutions of higher education that are based in the 19-state North Central region of the United States. Institutions that HLC accredits are evaluated against HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation, a set of standards that institutions must meet to receive and/or maintain accredited status.

HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation reflect a set of guiding values. The accreditation process is based on a system of peer review. Approximately 1,300 educators from institutions of higher education serve as peer reviewers conducting accreditation evaluations for other institutions. Peer reviewers also serve on committees that make up the decision-making bodies of the accreditation process.

Evaluation Process
HLC accreditation assures quality by verifying that an institution (1) meets standards and (2) is engaged in continuous improvement. In addition, all institution’s are required to complete an annual filing of the Institutional Update, undergo annual monitoring of financial and non-financial indicators, and adhere to HLC policies and practices on institutional change.

Peer reviewers trained in HLC’s standards evaluate institution’s demonstration of whether they meet the Criteria for Accreditation and make recommendations to HLC’s decision-making bodies.

Institutional Actions Council (Decision-Making Body)
The Board of Trustees appoints and authorizes members of the Institutional Actions Council (IAC) to conduct reviews and take actions on the majority of accreditation recommendations. IAC members consist of representatives of academic institutions accredited by HLC, as well as members of the public. Detailed information on IAC processes is found in HLC’s policies on decision-making.

Public Information
In the interest of being transparent, HLC is committed to providing information to the public regarding accreditation decisions made regarding individual institutions.

Actions that are taken by HLC regarding an institution’s accreditation status are disclosed to the public. Beginning July 2013, in all cases of issuing continued accreditation, placing an institution on or resolving a sanction, or withdrawing accreditation, the Action Letter issued to the institution is made available for viewing and the institution’s status in HLC’s online directory is updated. Public Disclosure Notices are also issued in cases of sanction to provide the public more detail of the issues leading to sanction.

Complaints Against HLC Accredited Institutions
Each year, HLC receives a number of complaints about institutions from faculty, students, and other parties. HLC has established a clear distinction between individual grievances and complaints that appear to involve broad institutional practices. Where a complaint does raise issues regarding the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Criteria of Accreditation, HLC forwards the complaint to the institution and requests a formal response.

Complainants with specific claims related to the Americans with Disabilities Act or employment discrimination should seek prior review of such claims by the appropriate federal agencies. HLC may ask for the report or record of such review in determining whether it can proceed to consider the claim as a complaint related to compliance with the Criteria for Accreditation.