Graduate Studies Office
The Graduate Studies Office is located in the Kirkman House at the corner of Tenth and Rogers streets, across from the main administrative buildings in Columbia. Personal assistance from graduate academic advisors is available in this office, both by appointment and on a walk-in basis. In addition, the building has a Graduate Student Lounge, where students may relax before classes. Computers and a printer/copier are available for graduate student use in the lounge.
The J.W. and Lois Stafford Library provides a place for students to study individually or in groups. The library is open more than 90 hours a week and staff members are available to provide assistance and answer questions at all times for persons visiting the library or by phone, e-mail, chat or text. Library instruction is provided to individuals or to classes. The library classroom is used for group study and library instruction. Copy machines and other equipment are available for student use.
The library’s collection supports the curriculum of Columbia College with more than 60,000 items (books, videos, compact discs, etc.), 200 magazine, journal, and newspaper print titles, 80,000 ebooks and 6,500 streaming videos. Arthur, the library’s catalog, is available on the Internet.
Library computers provide access to a variety of databases and the Internet. More than 60 online databases are available to search for full-text or indexed articles from professional journals, legal publications, newspapers, magazines and reference publications. Students are able to access the databases from off campus using their CougarTrack account.
Columbia College is a member of the MOBIUS Consortium. This membership provides Columbia College students access to over 23 million items in more than 60 academic, special or public libraries. Students can borrow books by using the MOBIUS online catalog or visiting a participating library.
The library also 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. Highlights about these collections are:
- Access is provided to all students, faculty, and staff across all campuses.
- Most titles are available at all times. There is no need to “check out” items. There are some single-user titles in the collection which may require “check out.”
- Books can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection.
- Books can be downloaded and read offline on most computers and devices
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.
Click here for library hours. Please remember that hours are based on the Columbia, Missouri, campus class schedule and are subject to change when this campus’ classes are not in session and during holidays.
Technology Solutions Center
The Technology Solutions Center is available to students via phone or face-to-face. Help desk analysts are available to assist students with Internet connectivity and telephone issues in the residence halls, issues with accessing email and CougarTrack and general computer related questions. Please click here for Technology Services hours of operation.
Students who anticipate buying a computer for use at college are encouraged to purchase a standard laptop model through the Columbia College website, http://www.dell.com/ccis.
E-mail, Internet Access and Anti-Virus Software
Students are assigned e-mail accounts for all college-related communications. Students must authenticate their accounts using their student ID number at: http://accounts.ccis.edu. To access your college e-mail click on CougarMail on the main page of the web site. CougarMail, an Internet application, is a free service to all students and is a lifetime account for graduates. The system is accessible using any browser from any location with the exception of military bases. Internet access is available to students in the student Open Lab and lab classrooms, Stafford Library and the residence halls. A wireless network is available for laptop users.
Students using computers on the College network must have the latest version of anti-virus software.
Applicants are assigned a Columbia College CougarTrack account, including an official Columbia College e-mail address. Information on how to set up a CougarTrack account is sent shortly after the application for admission is submitted. CougarTrack provides a variety of electronic student services including application status check, financial aid information, web-based registration and ePayment.
Career Services Center
The Career Services Center has trained personnel to assist students with all aspects of career planning and development. Specific services designed to promote professional and personal success include a carefully guided assessment of their skills, abilities, values, achievements and interests as aids to effective career planning; a library of resources and online information about occupations, corporations, agencies and government organizations; salary surveys; employment qualifications and employment trends; development and maintenance of placement documents; listings of full-time, part-time, and summer employment opportunities and internships; and services for graduate and pre-professional school placement. Programs are provided to inform and train the individual in such areas as interviewing, résumé/coverletter construction, job hunting and sourcing, networking, decision making and salary negotiation. The Career Services databases are available to search for full-text or indexed articles from professional journals, legal publications, newspapers, magazines and reference publications. The Career Services Center is located on the second floor of Missouri Hall, room 219. Students are able to access the databases from off campus through CougarTrack.
Students with documented disabilities who may need assistance with access to an event or program, or who require classroom academic adjustments, auxiliary aids or services, must register with the coordinator of Disability Services at (573) 875-7626 or by visiting the office located in the Student Affairs suite on the second floor of Atkins-Holman Student Commons.
All graduates and former students requesting membership belong to the Columbia College National Alumni Association, which includes over 43,000 members. Its purposes are to promote in alumni and alumni groups an active interest in the College; to establish mutually beneficial relations among the College, its alumni, and its friends; and to support the College through financial assistance, individual expertise, and voluntary service.
Kappa Delta Pi
Kappa Delta Pi is a national education honorary society. Eligibility for membership requires enrollment in an institution offering an education degree and having the intent to continue academically and professionally in the field of education; demonstration of leadership attributes and evidence of completion of a bachelor’s degree in education with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.
Main Campus Graduate Only
The Campus bookstore, located on the main floor of the Student Commons, carries a wide range of textbooks, trade books, art supplies, study materials, college memorabilia, personal grooming products and snacks. Textbooks are available new, used and select titles are available for rent and digitally.
Textbooks for day, graduate and evening on-campus courses are available for purchase a few weeks before classes begin. When obtainable, used texts are sold for 25% less than the cost of a new text. Rental textbooks for select titles are available for 55% less than the cost of a new text. Students can reserve textbooks online at: http://ccis.bncollege.com or http://www.bnctextbookrental.com.
Students may receive textbook refunds based on the policies listed below. No refund will be issued without a valid receipt for all textbooks. Textbooks must be in the original condition.
The Bookstore hours are posted on the Bookstore door; on their website and available via phone greeting.
For all courses a full refund will be given with a receipt if the textbook is returned within the first week of classes.
- Textbooks must be in original condition, including all components in packages.
- Merchandise other than textbooks may be refunded with a valid receipt within thirty days.
- Merchandise must be in original condition, unopened with tags.
- Refunds will be issued in the original form of payment.
- The textbook buyback period is during finals week. This is the best time to sell back textbooks.
- TI-83 calculators will not be considered for buyback.
Technology Services maintains two instructional use classrooms in Buchanan Hall. Classes using computing resources, such as English, Computer Programming and Accounting are conducted in these facilities. Students may complete assignments outside of class using the computer resources in the Open Lab. In addition, instructional labs are available in the Tenth Street Center and Federal Hall.
Counseling Services provides professional, confidential counseling to assist students with personal, developmental or psychological concerns related to their academic progress and/or personal growth. Counseling is short-term, solution-focused. For issues that require more extensive counseling, referrals to community resources are provided. Students may seek assistance with issues such as: anxiety/panic, depression, stress and time management, relationships, conflict resolution, eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, attention difficulties, and more. Counseling sessions are available Monday through Friday by appointment. More information is available at www.ccis.edu/counselingservices. If you have questions or would like to make an appointment, please call Terri Zeilenga, Director of Counseling Services, at (573) 875-7423
Laptops can be checked out from the Stafford Library circulation desk to be used in the library only. Students must have their ID card and a loan agreement form must be signed to check out a laptop. Students using these laptops are responsible for damage to or theft of the computer. Laptops may not be reserved in advance.
Open Lab Use
Technology Services maintains the Buchanan Hall Open Lab, equipped with computers, scanners, a copy machine and a high speed laser printer. It is available to currently enrolled students on a walk-in basis and offers extended hours. Software used in classroom instruction is available to students, and e-mail and Internet access is also provided.
The Buchanan Open Lab multi-media room is equipped with three computers: two Dell and one Apple, a color printer, a black and white printer, and scanners. These computers have video and photo editing software installed. This room is available for group study.
Federal Hall and Tenth Street Center offer open labs with computers and high speed laser printers.
The Technology Solutions Center has one digital still camera and two digital video cameras available for check out. Cameras may be checked out for a period of 24 hours. For more information, contact the Technology Solutions Center at (573) 875-4357.
To assist in providing a safe and secure environment, all vehicles parking on Columbia College campus property must be registered with the Campus Safety Office. Click here to purchase a parking permit online. Once the application has been completed, a receipt must be printed and taken to Missouri Hall room 205 (Enrollment Service Center). The office staff will require the receipt and proof of identification to issue a parking permit “hangtag.”
The AHSC Commons, Southwell Sports Complex, Gene and Fran Koepke Fitness Center, common areas and residence hall lounges are available for a variety of recreational activities. The Fitness Center is located in Southy Building. It includes free weights, machine weights and cardio equipment. The courts at Southwell Sports Complex are available for basketball, tennis and volleyball. Other college facilities, such as Launer Auditorium, the Jane Froman Dance Studio, classrooms, Dulany Hall and the AHSC Commons are available upon approval to any officially recognized student organization for meetings and programs. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. More information is available in the Student Activities Office. Please click here for Gene and Fran Koepke Fitness Center hours of operation.
Student Health Services
The Health Center is located on the second floor of the Atkins-Holman Student Commons (AHSC, Room 206). Health services are available to day and evening students, faculty, and staff. The Student Health Center is a nurse practitioner-directed clinic that provides care for minor illnesses and injuries, health care counseling and community referral services. Visits to the clinic are free; however, payment for off campus labs, medicine and physician visits, when referred, are the client’s responsibility. There may also be minimal charges for supplies and vaccines.
AHE Graduate Only
Text books are required for all courses. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase books from Missouri Book Service (MBS) prior to the start of the session. In order to maximize student success, students enrolling close to the start of a session should ensure their textbooks are in hand within 48 hours of registration. To view the booklist, and/or order books, call or visit MBS online at:
If you are eligible for a book voucher, contact your campus location staff to obtain one. The campus staff will authorize the proper amount for charges.
Most Columbia College campuses, as well as the Online Campus, use the services of MBS Direct as the official textbook vendor to provide students a convenient way to order textbooks and other course material via the Internet, mail, fax or phone.
Information needed for ordering includes your school name, campus location and complete course information, including course title. Online course textbooks may differ from on-campus classes. MBS Direct will ship orders within 24 hours Monday-Friday, and payment is accepted via credit card, personal check or money order.
Web-based master syllabi book information is recommended only. Please review specific course syllabi for textbook information.
Please note the use of an eBook carries certain risks: information may be missing due to copyright restrictions, the book cannot be resold to MBS Direct, and an eBook purchase cannot be refunded.
MBS Direct guarantees delivery of the correct books and will replace any defective or incorrect item. Columbia College is not responsible for any incorrect or late textbooks not purchased from MBS or another college-authorized supplier.