Columbia College improves lives by providing quality education to both traditional and nontraditional students, helping them achieve their true potential.
Our vision is to be a highly innovative institution of higher education, dedicated to excellence in both its traditional and nontraditional programs nationwide.
Catalog Effective Date
Provisions of the 2020-2021 Graduate catalog are effective July 31, 2020.
Columbia College has been granted a license by the Florida Commission for Independent Education.
Florida was approved as a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) member state on October 1, 2017. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the state of Florida.
Columbia College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Students who attend colleges that are not accredited may be unable to sit for professional exams, may not be eligible for financial aid, and have difficulty in transferring college credits.
Location Contact Information
Aaron Williams, Director
Address: 2600 Technology Drive, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: (407) 293-9911, Fax: (407) 293-8530, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Information about Columbia College can be obtained from:
The Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Phone: (850) 245-3200 or (888) 224-6684
For 2020-2021 tuition and charges, please visit the Tuition Rates and Payment Policies page in the catalog.
Board of Trustees
Columbia College is governed by the Board of Trustees
- David R. Russell, Ph.D., Chair
- Reverend Dr. Brad Stagg, Vice Chair
- Genie Rogers, Secretary
- Carol J. Winkler, Treasurer
- Ken Akers, Ph.D.
- Lynne Stuver Baker
- Lex R. Cavanah
- Jerry D. Daugherty
- Daisy Willis Grossnickle
- Lt. Gen. Richard C. Harding
- Mitchell R. Humphreys, M.D.
- June Viner Hurdle
- William J. Johnston
- Jane Blackman Lossing
- Jolene Marra Schulz
- Helen (Dale) Coe Simons
- Kevin Sprouse
- Kent Strodtman, Ph.D.
- Gary A. Tatlow
- Matt Williams
- Janet Carter Wright
- Dr.Scott Dalrymple, President
- Dr. Piyusha Singh, Provost and Sr Vice President
- Bruce Boyer, Chief Financial Officer
- David Voskuil, Interim Vice President of Enrollment
Management and Marketing
- Gary Stanowski, Chief Information
- Clifford Jarvis, Executive Director of
Plant and Facilities
- Suzanne Rothwell, Executive Director
Criminal Justice Majors Notice
Students who have criminal convictions should investigate the feasibility of attaining a Criminal Justice degree for the purpose of attaining employment in the criminal justice or related fields.
Students may view the latest Columbia College information, including policies, on the Columbia College website at www.ccis.edu.
Courses will only be cancelled in the event of insufficient course interest or if appropriate teaching faculty cannot be found. Notification of cancelled courses will be sent to the CougarMail accounts of students enrolled in the cancelled course. Students will have the option to move to an online section of the same course if there are openings in those sections. If this is not possible, the student will receive a full refund for the course.
Columbia College has trained personnel to assist students with career planning and development but does not offer placement services. Employment upon completion of program(s) is not guaranteed. The Resources section of the catalog details more information regarding to career services available to students.
The college refund policy complies with the Commission for Independent Education.
Students with financial aid who drop or withdraw from a course(s) need to be aware that their financial aid could be affected. Refunds shall be made within 30 days of the date that Columbia College determines that the student has withdrawn.
The Tuition Rates and Payment Policies catalog page details the standard payment policy, tuition refunds, and other pertinent information that students should be aware of.
For those who qualify, financial aid is available through Columbia College and is awarded at the main campus. In addition to the information provided in the 2020-2021 Graduate catalog, students can contact the Enrollment Service Center office at (800) 231-2391, extension 7252.
Transfer of Columbia College Credits
Columbia College courses are normally accepted by other regionally-accredited institutions of higher learning. However, all colleges and universities reserve the right to determine those credits they will accept in transfer.
Distance education courses are available through Online Education located in Columbia, MO. All academic and administrative policies and procedures identified in the 2020-2021 Graduate catalog also pertain to nontraditional programs.
2020-2021 Academic Calendars
For 2020-2021 Academic Calendars, please visit the 2019-2020 Academic Calendars page in the catalog.
Physical Facilities and Equipment
The location is located at 2600 Technology Drive, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32804. This location currently occupies 11 classrooms, two computer labs, a student resource lab, a student lounge, 10 administrative offices and a faculty room. Each classroom is equipped with a Nova station housing the room’s Dell Pentium computers with flat panel monitors and projector supported by TI connectivity. Two classrooms have smart boards and WiFi is available for the students throughout the school. The administrative office is open Monday thru Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
In accordance with the House Bill No. 126 of the state of Missouri, hazing is expressly prohibited by Columbia College. Individual students and/or organizations committing an act of hazing shall be subject to disciplinary action by the college and criminal prosecution.
Columbia College uses semester credit hours. Thirty-six (36) credit hours are required for graduate degrees. Courses are eight-weeks in length and are, generally, three credit hours each.
Columbia College course numbering system follows standard practices:
- 5xx - indicates graduate level courses
- 6xx - indicate graduate level courses
Graduate Degree Programs
The Graduate catalog combines information for all Columbia College locations. Consequently, it includes information on degree programs offered at one or more of the nationwide locations. All degrees listed are not offered at all locations.
Graduate Degree Programs Offered Online and Orlando Location
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Science in Criminal Justice
Graduate Degree Programs Offered Online
- Master of Arts in Teaching
- Master of Education in Educational Leadership
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.
- The Florida Commission for Independent Education complaint policy.
- The Higher Learning Commission complaint process.
- Students in distance education programs or courses should reach out to the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development (MDHEWD) at (573) 526-1577 or review the MDHE complaint process.
State Regulatory Agency Contact Information
Florida Commission for Independent Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414
Tallagassee, FL. 32399-0400
Phone: (888) 224-6684