Mar 26, 2019  
Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

State Licensure and Approval Requirements



Columbia College is authorized, exempt, certified, or not required to seek approval in all states for Distance Education. For additional authorization details or Online Campus catalog addendums, please visit http://www.ccis.edu/about/approvals-by-st.asp.

New Degree Program Disclaimers

Columbia College is currently in the process of seeking approval for the Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in Entrepreneurship, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Entrepreneurship, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the following states: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Please see the State Authorization website for specific details at http://www.ccis.edu/about/approvals-by-st.asp.

Alabama

The Redstone Arsenal campus is authorized by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education to offer degree programs listed on Columbia College’s website at http://www.ccis.edu/nationwide/academics/degreeprograms.asp?Redstone. Columbia College is also authorized by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education to offer distance education programs in Alabama.

The Redstone Arsenal campus is licensed by the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education to offer degree programs listed on Columbia College’s website: www.ccis.edu/nationwide/academics/degreeprograms.asp?Redstone.

Columbia College’s Online Campus is licensed by the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education to offer degree programs listed on Columbia College’s website: www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.

Alabama students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 334-242-0035 or www.alsde.edu to verify these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and /or salary benefits.

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 for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama’s test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P-12 school system(s). www.alsde.edu

A list of current faculty can be obtained at the local campus.

Tuition Rate: Please refer to http://www.ccis.edu./nationwide/admissions/Fees.asp?Redstone

Arkansas

Columbia College has been granted certification by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education to offer the following degree programs by distance technology: Associate in Arts, Associate in General Studies, Associate in Science in Business Administration, Associate in Science in Computer Information Systems, Associate in Science in Criminal Justice Administration, Associate in Science in Environmental Studies, Associate in Science in Human Services, Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration, Bachelor of Arts in Human Services, Bachelor of Arts in History, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Bachelor of General Studies, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems, Master of Arts in Military Studies, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Criminal Justice, and Master of Arts in Teaching.

Master of Arts in Teaching: “The Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Columbia College is not intended to lead to licensure. Students who plan to enroll in a course as part of a licensure sequence are responsible for verifying that the course meets licensure requirements for their college or university education program and for their state’s department of education.”

Master of Education in Educational Leadership: “The Master of Education in Educational Leadership offered by Columbia College requires students to pursue a school administrator licensure in Missouri and then earn an Arkansas school administrator license by reciprocity. The State of Arkansas has additional course requirements in order to earn an Arkansas license in the program area or a similar program area, and students must check the website for information on Arkansas reciprocity: http://www.arkansased.org/divisions/human-resources-educator-effectiveness-and-licensure/educator-licensure-unit/licensure-by-reciprocity.”

California

California has met the qualifications for exemption from regulation under the Act, pursuant to California Education Code (CEC) Section 94874.1.

“The State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Find (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by students in educational programs who are California residents, or are enrolled in a residency program attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

You may be eligible for STRF if you are a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  • The school closed before the course of instruction was completed.
  • The school’s failure to pay refunds or charges on behalf of a student to a third party for license fees or any other purpose, or to provide equipment or materials for which a charge was collected within 180 days before the closure of the school.
  • The school’s failure to pay refunds or reimburse loan proceeds under a federally guaranteed student loan program as required by law or to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the school prior to closure in excess of tuition and other costs.
  • There was a material failure to comply with the Act or this Division within 30 days before the school closed or, if the material failure began earlier than 30 days prior to the closure, the period determined by the Bureau.
  • An inability after diligent efforts to prosecute, prove, and collect on a judgment against the institution for a violations of the Act.”

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a tax payer identification number.

Note: Authority cited: Sections 94803, 94877, and 94923, Education Code. Reference Section 94923, Education Code.

Questions regarding STRF may be directed to the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95738-0818, 916-431-6959.

Colorado

Columbia College is authorized for operation by the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Compliant Process:

Columbia College’s primary objective is to help students meet their educational goals through a positive and rigorous academic experience. In those instances where a student has a concern, the College’s administrative procedures should be followed in order to address the concerns or complaints, in a timely and effective manner. The College is committed to its students and would like to know about student concerns. Students may voice concerns through normal administrative procedures, which include meeting with his or her academic advisor, campus director, faculty member, or through a more formal process of grievance as outlined in the College’s catalog.

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.

Contact information is provided below for students who wish to address their concerns to the appropriate agency.

The Colorado Department of Higher Education’s complaint policy is available at: highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Complaints.

The Higher Learning Commission Complaint Process is available at: http://www.ncahlc.org/HLCInstitutions/complaints.html.

Florida

Licensure: Columbia College has been granted a license by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education, and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Schools. Students who attend colleges that are not accredited may be unable to sit for professional exams, be eligible for financial aid, and have difficulty in transferring college credits.

Additional information about Columbia College can be obtained from:

Commission for Independent Education
Florida Department of Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
telephone (850) 245-3200.

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

While Columbia College offers placement assistance to all graduates, employment upon completion of program(s) is not guaranteed.

Unresolved conflict should be submitted to the Higher Learning Commission or the Commission for Independent Education.

A list of current faculty can be obtained at the local campuses.

The Orlando campus is authorized by the Florida Department of Education to offer degree programs listed on Columbia College’s website at http://www.ccis.edu./nationwide/academics/degreeprograms.asp?Orlando.

The Jacksonville campus is authorized by the Florida Department of Education to offer degree programs listed on Columbia College’s website at http://www.ccis.edu./nationwide/academics/degreeprograms.asp?Jacksonville.

The NAS Jacksonville campus is authorized by the Florida Department of Education to offer degree programs listed on Columbia College’s website at http://www.ccis.edu./nationwide/academics/degreeprograms.asp?NASJacksonville.

The Patrick AFB campus is authorized by the Florida Department of Education to offer degree programs listed on Columbia College’s website at http://www.ccis.edu./nationwide/academics/degreeprograms.asp?PAFB.

Tuition Rate: Please refer to

http://www.ccis.edu./nationwide/admissions/Fees.asp?Orlando

http://www.ccis.edu./nationwide/admissions/Fees.asp?NASJacksonville

http://www.ccis.edu./nationwide/admissions/Fees.asp?PAFB

http://www.ccis.edu./nationwide/admissions/Fees.asp?Jacksonville

Georgia

Columbia College’s Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Air Field, and Online Campuses have been granted a Certificate of Authorization by the State of Georgia and are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Schools.

Grievance Policy Addendum: If, after thoroughly following the internal grievance appeal procedures of Columbia College, a student wishes to seek further review an appeal may be made to:

Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission
2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220
Tucker, Georgia 30084-5305
Phone: (770) 414-3300

A list of current faculty can be obtained at the local campuses.

Tuition Rate: Please refer to

http://www.ccis.edu./nationwide/admissions/Fees.asp?FtStewart

http://www.ccis.edu./nationwide/admissions/Fees.asp?Hunter

Illinois

The Lake County campus is authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to offer degree programs listed on Columbia College’s website at http://www.ccis.edu./nationwide/academics/degreeprograms.asp?LakeCounty.

The Crystal Lake campus is authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to offer degree programs listed on Columbia College’s website at http://www.ccis.edu./nationwide/academics/degreeprograms.asp?CrystalLake.

The Freeport campus is authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to offer degree programs listed on Columbia College’s website at http://www.ccis.edu./nationwide/academics/degreeprograms.asp?Freeport.

The Elgin campus is authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to offer degree programs listed on Columbia College’s website at http://www.ccis.edu./nationwide/academics/degreeprograms.asp?Elgin.

Kansas

Columbia College has been granted a Certificate of Approval, Number 300014, from the Kansas Board of Regents.

Maryland

Columbia College is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission and is in compliance with the requirements of the Education Article, Title 11, Subtitle 2, Annotated Code of Maryland and COMAR 13B.05.01.

“The Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Columbia College is not intended to lead to licensure.” “Students who plan to enroll in a course as part of a licensure sequence are responsible for verifying that the course meets licensure requirements for their college or university education program and for their state’s department of education.”

Minnesota

“Columbia College is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.” - Minnesota Office of Higher Education

“The Master of Arts in Teaching degree is not for initial licensure purposes in Minnesota and the college makes no assurances or guarantee that it will be accepted for any specific purpose.”

New York

Columbia College New York campuses have been approved by the State of New York Division of Veterans Affairs, Bureau of Veterans 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]).

Oklahoma

Columbia College Oklahoma campuses have been approved by the State of Oklahoma Division of Veterans Affairs, Bureau of Veterans 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]).

Texas

Columbia College Texas campuses have been approved by the State of Texas Division of Veterans Affairs, Bureau of Veterans 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]).

Utah

Columbia College is exempt from the Utah Division of Consumer Protection pursuant to Utah Code Annotated §13-34-107.6 and as contemplated in 34 C.F.R. Section 600.9(a)(1)(i)(a). Columbia College is authorized for operation by the Utah System of Higher Education State Board of Regents.

Washington

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 Washington Student Achievement Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

Master of Arts in Teaching - This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers 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 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 process as an out-of-state application. Go to http://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.”

A list of current faculty can be obtained at the local campuses.

Tuition Rate: Please refer to

http://www.ccis.edu./nationwide/admissions/Fees.asp?Whidbey

http://www.ccis.edu./nationwide/admissions/Fees.asp?Marysville

Columbia College Washington campuses 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.

Wisconsin

Columbia College is approved by the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board, under Wis. Stats. 38.50 (10)(a).

Wyoming

Columbia College is licensed by the Wyoming Department of Education.