Columbia College is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Columbia College to offer specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P. O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.
Washington was approved as a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) member state on May 13, 2014. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015.
Location Contact Information
MarJean Knokey, Sr. Regional Director
Columbia College - Whidbey Island
1045 Midway Street
Building 2739, Room 117
Oak Harbor, WA 98278
Phone: (360) 279-9030
Fax: (360) 279-9289
Dr. Piyusha Singh, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
Phone: (573) 875-7500
Fax: (573) 875-7445
For 2020-2021 tuition and charges, please visit the Online, Nationwide, and Main Campus Evening Tuition page in the catalog.
For Washington State residents seeking information and resources about student loan repayment or seeking to submit a complaint relating to your student loans or student loan servicer, please visit www.wsac.wa.gov/loan-advocacy or contact the Student Loan Advocate at firstname.lastname@example.org
Courses will only be cancelled in the event of insufficient course interest or if appropriate teaching faculty cannot be found.
Academic Advisement - academic advisors are available at each Columbia College location to assist students with program planning, course selection and other academic activities.
Placement Service - Columbia College does not provide any placement services; limited career services assistance is available by contacting the main campus Career Services office at (573) 875-7425.
Transferability of Credits
The transferability of credits earned at Columbia College is at the discretion of the receiving college, university, or other educational institution. Students considering transferring to any institution should not assume that credits earned in any program of study at Columba College will be accepted by the receiving institution. Similarly, the ability of a degree, certificate, diploma, or other academic credential earned at Columbia College to satisfy an admission requirement of another institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Accreditation does not guarantee credentials or credits earned at Columbia College will be accepted by or transferred to another institution. To minimize the risk of having to repeat coursework, students should contact the receiving institution in advance for evaluation and determination of transferability of credits and/or acceptability of degrees, diplomas, or certificates earned.
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 campuses. 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 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.
2020 - 2021 Academic Calendars
For 2020-2021 Academic Calendars, please visit the 2019-2020 Academic Calendars page in the catalog.
Important Information for Washington Students
Master of Arts in Teaching: “Eligibility for initial educator certification in Washington is based on completion of a state approved educator preparation program. This program is approved in Missouri. Even though you may be residing in Washington while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out-of-state application. Go to pathway.pesb.wa.gov/outofstate for more information. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.” - Washington Student Achievement Council
Master of Education in Educational Leadership: “Eligibility for initial educator certification in Washington is based on completion of a state approved educator preparation program. This program is approved in Missouri. Even though you may be residing in Washington while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out-of-state application. Go to pathway.pesb.wa.gov/outofstate for more information. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.” - Washington Student Achievement Council
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, students 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.
State Regulatory Agency Contact Information
Washington Student Achievement Council
917 Lakeridge Way SW
Olympia, WA 98502
Phone: (360) 753-7800
Columbia College Washington locations have been approved by the Washington Student Achievement Council, State Approving Agency for Veteran’s Education & Training to train veterans and other eligible persons under the provision of Section 3675, Chapter 36, Title 39, U.S. Code.
This institution does not provide any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on success in securing enrollments or financial aid to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting or admission activities or in making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance.
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