Authorization and Licensure
The Redstone Arsenal location is authorized by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and licensed by the Alabama Community College System.
Alabama was approved as a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) member state on January 1, 2016. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and may offer distance education to students residing in the State of Alabama.
Location Contact Information
Dr. Barbara Pounders Director, Redstone Arsenal email@example.com
Phone: (256) 881-6181 Fax: (256) 881-2897 Address: Army Education Center, Bldg. 3495, Ste.106 Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898-5192
Dr. Piyusha Singh, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Columbia College
Phone: (573) 875-7500 Fax: (573) 875-7445 Address: 1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, MO 65216
For 2019-2020 tuition and charges, please visit the Online, Nationwide, and Main Campus Evening Tuition page in the catalog.
2019 - 2020 Academic Calendars
For 2019-2020 Academic Calendars, please visit the 2019-2020 Academic Calendars page in the catalog.
Courses will only be cancelled in the event of insufficient course interest or if an appropriate teaching faculty cannot be found. If this occurs, the student will receive a full refund for the course.
Important Information for Alabama Students
Educator Preparation Programs
State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at an institution outside of Alabama must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alsde.edu.
State approval of a program to offer Alabama licensed nurses opportunities for advanced degrees does not indicate eligibility for approval to practice as an advanced practice nurse in Alabama. Applicants for approval in Alabama are required to meet the Alabama requirements for national certification, graduation from a specific-type program for the advanced practice approval, and completion of the appropriate application. Any program offering a pre-licensure track to Alabama students shall meet the requirements of the Alabama regulations for pre-licensure programs or the graduates may not be eligible to take the national licensure examination required by the Alabama Board of Nursing to enter the practice. www.abn.alabama.gov.
Facilities and Equipment Available to Support Courses or Programs of Study
The Columbia College J.W. and Lois Stafford Library is located at the main campus and includes extensive electronic library holdings in support of the college’s curriculum. Stafford Library serves as the primary library for all locations. The library is open more than 90 hours per week and staff members are available both online (email, chat or text) and telephonically to provide reference help to all students. Stafford Library’s collection of materials supports the curriculum of Columbia College with more than 60,000 items (books, CDs videos, etc.) and more than 200,000 ebooks and 6,500 streaming videos. More than 60 online databases are available to search for full-text or indexed articles from professional journals, legal publications, newspapers and magazines. Electronic delivery of interlibrary loan articles is available to all Columbia College students and faculty.
The Library provides access to two electronic book subscription databases, EBSCOhost eBook Collection and ebrary Academic Complete. Combined, the databases provide access to more than 200,000 full-text electronic books covering a wide range of academic subjects.
All Columbia College locations have access to the Stafford Library of Columbia College via direct access to the college web-site at: http://library.ccis.edu/home. Access to all online library resources is gained through a CougarTrack login via the college website. The electronic library resources are available to students 24/7. Additional information regarding library access is available upon request.
For a detailed list of library resources available to students, contact the main office at (256) 881- 6181.
General Student Grievance Policy
To view the entire policy, please visit the General Student Grievance Policy section of the Columbia College Policies website.
The Student Conduct section of the catalog details information regarding the student grievance process, student code of conduct, overview of the conduct process, as well as other pertinent information that students should be aware of.
- Complaints about sex discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation are handled in accordance with the College’s Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policy and corresponding procedures.
- Complaints about discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation, not based on sex, are handled in accordance with the College’s Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and corresponding procedures.
- Complaints related to the ADA/Section 504 accommodation process or related to the implementation of approved reasonable accommodations are handled in accordance with the College’s ADA/Section 504 Grievance Policy.
Further Complaint Resolution
On occasion, a student may believe that these administrative procedures have not adequately addressed their concerns and or circumstances related to alleged violations of state consumer protection laws, that include but are not limited to fraud and false advertising; alleged violations of state laws or rules relating to the licensure of postsecondary institutions; and complaints relating to the quality of education or other state accreditation requirements.
Complaint process information is provided below for students who wish to address their concerns to the appropriate agency.
- The Private School Licensure Division of the Alabama Community College System complaint process.
- The Higher Learning Commission complaint process.
- Students in distance education programs or courses should reach out to the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) at 573-526-1577 or review the MDHE complaint process.
State Regulatory Agency Contact Information
Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE)
100 North Union Street, Suite 782
Montgomery, AL 36104-3758
Visit ACHE Webpage
The Alabama Community College System (ACCS)
135 South Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36104-4340
How to File a Complaint
The Columbia College-Redstone Arsenal location has been approved by the Alabama State Approving Agency, Department of Postsecondary Education to train veterans and other eligible persons under the benefits of Title 38, United States Code (38 U.S.C. 3671 [a] and 3672 [a]).