May 19, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2022-2023 
    
Graduate Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Florida


Jacksonville | NAS Jacksonville | Orlando | Tavares

Mission

Columbia College improves lives by providing quality education to both traditional and nontraditional students, helping them achieve their true potential.

Vision

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 2022-2023 Graduate catalog are effective July 31, 2022.

Licensure

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.

Accreditation

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 Specific Information

Columbia College - Jacksonville
Carthel Starks, Director
7077 Bonneval Road, Suite 114
Jacksonville, FL 32216
jacksonville@ccis.edu
Phone: (904) 778-9769
Fax: (904) 338-9263

Physical Facilities and Equipment Information

Columbia College - Jacksonville is located in the Liberty Center, 7077 Bonneval Road, Suite 114, Jacksonville, FL 32216. The college leases a suite on the first floor for administrative, testing and general office duties. The 4 classrooms (23-30 student capacity) and computer laboratory (18 computers) are located on the second floor of the building. Each classroom is equipped with a data projector and suite of equipment capable of projecting CD, DVD, VHS, PowerPoint and other methods of instruction. The administrative office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The classrooms and computer lab are open per the session schedule.

Columbia College-NAS Jacksonville
Carthel Starks, Director
Building 110 Yorktown Avenue
P. O. Box 441325
Jacksonville, FL 32222-0014
nasjacksonville@ccis.edu
Phone: (904) 778-9769
Fax: (904) 771-3449

Physical Facilities and Equipment Information

Columbia College-NAS Jacksonville location consists of administrative offices and classrooms (24-35 student capacity) and computer lab with 12 computers. The classrooms and lab are equipped with dry-erase boards, VCR/television combination units on mobile carts and equipment capable of projecting CD, DVD, VHS, PowerPoint and other methods of instruction. The computer lab includes 21 desktop computers.

Columbia College - Orlando
Aaron Williams, Director
2600 Technology Drive, Suite 101
Orlando, FL 32804
orlando@ccis.edu
Phone: (407) 293-9911
Fax: (407) 293-8530

Physical Facilities and Equipment Information

Columbia College - Orlando is located at 2600 Technology Drive, Suite 101, Orlando, FL 32804. This location currently occupies 4 classrooms, 2 computer labs, a student resource lab, a student lounge, 5 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 building. The administrative office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Columbia College - Tavares
Aaron Williams, Director
1565 Lane Park Cutoff Road
Tavares, FL 32804
tavares@ccis.edu
Phone: (407) 293-9911
Fax: (407) 293-8530

Physical Facilities and Equipment Information

Columbia College - Tavares is located in the Liberty Center, 1565 Lane Park Cutoff Road, Tavares, FL 32778. The Orlando location uses a first-floor classroom to conduct classes at Liberty Center. The classroom has a 25-30 student capacity. The classroom is equipped with a data projector and equipment capable of projecting CD, DVD, PowerPoint and other methods of instruction. The Lake County Location Administrative Office is open for assistance from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, while all registration and administrative duties will be implemented by the Orlando Location staff at 2600 Technology Drive, Orlando, Florida.

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

Student Costs

For 2022-2023 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​

  • Reverend Dr. Brad Stagg, Chair
  • Helen (Dale) Coe Simons, Vice-Chair   
  • Genie Rogers, Secretary
  • Carol J. Winkler, Treasurer
  • Ken Akers, Ph.D.
  • Lynne Stuver Baker
  • Helen Jane Blackman, M.D.
  • Lt. Gen. Richard C. Harding
  • Byron Hill
  • Mitchell R. Humphreys, M.D.
  • June Viner Hurdle
  • William J. Johnston
  • Bill Leeper
  • Joshua Muder
  • Mark Price, Ph.D.
  • Col. Mike Randerson              
  • Jolene Marra Schulz
  • Kevin Sprouse
  • Gary A. Tatlow
  • Matt Williams

Senior Administration

  • Dr. David R. Russell, President
  • Dr. Piyusha Singh, Provost, Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Clifford Jarvis, Vice President of Facility Operations
  • Suzanne Rothwell, Vice President of Advancement
  • Dixie Williams, Vice President of Enrollment, Marketing & Communications   
  • James Arnold, Athletic Director
  • Bruce Boyer, Chief Financial Officer
  • Patricia Fischer, Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Gary Stanowski, Chief Information Officer

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.

Policies

Students may view the latest Columbia College information, including policies, on the Columbia College website at www.ccis.edu.

Important Information

Course Cancellation

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.

Placement Services

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.

Tuition Refunds

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. 

Financial Aid

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 2022-2023 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.

Nontraditional Programs

Distance education courses are available through Online Education located in Columbia, MO. All academic and administrative policies and procedures identified in the 2022-2023 Graduate catalog also pertain to nontraditional programs.

2022-2023 Academic Calendars

For 2022-2023 Academic Calendars, please visit the 2022 - 2023 Academic Calendars  page in the catalog.

Anti-Hazing Policy

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.

Credit

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.

Course Numbering

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

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.

Jacksonville and Online

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Orlando and Online

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration with Accounting Emphasis
  • Master of Business Administration with Human Resource Management Emphasis
  • Master of Educational Leadership
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice Correction Administration
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Administration

Tavares and Online

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Graduate Programs Offered Online

  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration with Accounting Emphasis
  • Master of Business Administration with Human Resource Management
  • Master of Business Administration with Real Estate Management Emphasis
  • Master of Educational Leadership, School Leader
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice with Law Enforcement Administration Emphasis
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice with Correction Administration Emphasis

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
Tallagassee, FL. 32399-0400
Phone: (850-245-0505
www.fldoe.org/contact-us