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State Regulatory Information and Complaint Process

The Day Campus, Evening, and Online Campuses are located in Columbia, Mo. The College also has 35 extended campuses. Campuses are located in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Guantanamo Bay.

Complaint 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.

Students can follow the process as outlined in the appropriate catalog:

Undergraduate students

Graduate students

Students, faculty, staff or community members wishing to make a report about the abnormal or inappropriate behavior of a student, faculty, staff or community member should use the complaint process governed by the Division of Student Affairs and complete the incident report form found at the following link: https://cc-advocate.symplicity.com/public_report/index.php. In case of an actual emergency, please contact campus safety or local law enforcement. 

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 regulatory requirements.

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

Accreditation

Columbia College has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission since 1918. The Higher Learning Commission Complaint Process is available at: www.ncahlc.org/information-for-the-public/complaints.html

Department of Defense (DoD)

Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies have partnered to create an online complaint system designed to collect feedback on problem with education institutions experienced by Veterans, Service members and their families pursuing higher education through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Military Tuition Assistance, and other education benefit programs. The DoD Postsecondary Education Complaint System is available at: http://www.militaryonesource.mil/voluntary-education?content_id=274604

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a national initiative to provide more access to online courses while maintaining compliance standards with state regulatory agencies. SARA allows institutions to provide online courses outside of their own state borders by seeking and maintaining state approvals via a streamlined process. To learn more about SARA, please visit: http://nc-sara.org/.

On November 16, 2014, the State of Missouri was approved by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement. On February 26, 2015, Columbia College was approved for institutional participation by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

Current authorized SARA member states include: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

NC-SARA Complaint Information: http://nc-sara.org/content/sara-and-students

Internships

Columbia College offers the opportunity to earn elective credit for internship experience in most states.

The college is currently in the process of seeking approval to offer elective credit for internships in the states of Delaware and District of Columbia.

Credit for internship experience will not be offered in the states of Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York. Credit for internship experience will not be offered to online students in the State of Texas.

Columbia College is authorized, exempt, certified, registered, or not required to seek approval in all states to offer programs. Please click on a state below for specific details related to catalog addendums, disclaimers, and agency complaint contact information.

For general questions about this webpage, please contact Compliance@ccis.edu

State Regulatory Information

Alabama 

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

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

Electronic Catalog Addendums:

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

Agency Contact Information:

Alabama Commission on Independent Education: www.ache.state.al.us/

Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education: https://www.accs.cc/

Complaint Process:

Alabama Commission on Independent Education: http://www.ache.alabama.gov/Content/Departments/NRI/federal-reg.pdf

Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education: https://www.accs.cc/index.cfm/school-licensure/complaints/

Department of Defense (DoD): http://www.militaryonesource.mil/voluntary-education?content_id=274604

Attorney General Contact Information: http://www.ago.state.al.us/

VA Statement:

The Columbia College–Redstone Arsenal campus has been approved by the Alabama State Approving Agency, Department of Postsecondary 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]).

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Alabama can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Alaska 

Alaska was approved as a SARA member state on May 13, 2014. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Alaska.

Agency Contact Information:

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education: akadvantage.alaska.gov/

Complaint Process:

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education: http://acpe.alaska.gov/About_Us/Consumer_Protection

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Alaska can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Arizona 

Arizona was approved as a SARA member state on November 11, 2014. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Arizona.

Agency Contact Information:

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education: azppse.state.az.us/

Complaint Process:

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education: https://ppse.az.gov/complaint

Attorney General Contact Information: www.azag.gov

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Arizona can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Arkansas 

Arkansas was approved as a SARA member state on June 29, 2015. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Arkansas.

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: www.arkansased.org/divisions/human-resources-educator-effectiveness-and-licensure/educator-licensure-unit/licensure-by-reciprocity."

Agency Contact Information:

Arkansas Department of Higher Education: http://www.adhe.edu/Pages/home.aspx

Arkansas State Board of Private Career Education: http://sbpce.arkansas.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Complaint Process:

Arkansas Department of Higher Education: http://www.adhe.edu/SiteCollectionDocuments/AcademicAffairsDivision/ICAC%20Rules%20and%20Regulations/APPENDIXJ.pdf

Arkansas State Board of Private Career Education: sbpce.arkansas.gov/students/Pages/complaintProcess.aspx

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Arkansas can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

California 

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

Electronic Catalog Addendum:

Agency Contact Information:

California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education: http://www.bppe.ca.gov/

Complaint Process:

California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education: http://www.bppe.ca.gov/enforcement/complaint.shtml

Department of Defense (DoD): http://www.militaryonesource.mil/voluntary-education?content_id=274604

Attorney General Contact Information: https://oag.ca.gov/

VA Statement:

Columbia College California campuses have been approved by the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Benefits 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]).

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of California can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Colorado 

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

Colorado was approved as a SARA member state on May 13, 2014. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Colorado.

RN to BSN Program Information Regarding Accreditation:

The numbers of Master’s in nursing clinical instructors recruited remain around 49%. Columbia College would need over 50% to meet Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN formerly NLNAC) standards. The inability to recruit MSN clinical instructors and is a regional and systemic issue. Many associate programs in Missouri face the same issue and we are anxiously awaiting the National League for Nursing’s accreditation services to become operational. In an 8/1/13 NLN accreditation FAQ’s it was estimated that the process to set up this accreditation service would take 2 years. The nursing program plans to apply for NLN accreditation when available.

We are beginning a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing (RN to BSN) in AY 14-15. As part of that degree, we will be seeking accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The accreditation/application process requires enrolled students prior to application which will occur in August 2014. Once the college has graduates of the degree program, a site visit will be conducted to achieve full accreditation back to the date of application.

Agency Contact Information:

Colorado Department of Higher Education: http://highered.colorado.gov/DHE/contact.html

Complaint Process:

Colorado Department of Higher Education: http://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Complaints/

Department of Defense (DoD): http://www.militaryonesource.mil/voluntary-education?content_id=274604

VA Statement:

The Columbia College-Denver campus has been approved by the Colorado State Approving Agency for Veterans Education and Training 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]).

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Colorado can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Connecticut 

Columbia College is currently not required to seek licensure of distance education programs per 10a-34-24.

Agency Contact Information:

Connecticut Department of Higher Education: www.ctdhe.org/

Connecticut Office of Higher Education: http://www.ctohe.org/ContactUs.shtml

Complaint Process:

Connecticut Office of Higher Education: http://www.ctohe.org/StudentComplaints.shtml

Attorney General Contact Information: www.ct.gov/ag/site/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Connecticut can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Delaware 

Columbia College is currently not required to seek licensure of distance education programs from the Delaware Department of Education.

Agency Contact Information:

Delaware Department of Education: www.doe.k12.de.us/

Complaint Process:

Delaware Department of Education: http://regulations.delaware.gov/AdminCode/title14/200/258.pdf

Attorney General Contact Information: attorneygeneral.delaware.gov

Online degree programs* currently offered in the State of Delaware can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

*Columbia College is currently in the process of seeking approval to offer elective credit for internships in Delaware.  

District of Columbia 

Columbia College is currently not required to seek licensure of distance education programs from the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission.

Agency Contact Information:

District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission: http://osse.dc.gov/service/education-licensure-commission.

Complaint Process:

District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission: http://osse.dc.gov/service/education-licensure-commission-elc-public-complaints

Attorney General Contact Information: http://oag.dc.gov/

Online degree programs* currently offered in the District of Columbia can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

*Columbia College is currently in the process of seeking approval to offer elective credit for internships in the District of Columbia.

Florida 

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. 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.

Electronic Catalog Addendum:

Agency Contact Information:

Florida Commission for Independent Education: http://www.fldoe.org/policy/cie/contact-us.stml

Complaint Process:

Florida Commission for Independent Education: http://www.fldoe.org/policy/cie/file-a-complaint.stml

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Florida can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Georgia 

Columbia College is authorized by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission.

Electronic Catalog Addendums:

Agency Contact Information:

Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission: http://gnpec.org/contact-gnpec/

Complaint Process:

Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission: http://gnpec.org/consumer-resources/gnpec-authorized-school-complainant-form/

Department of Defense (DoD): http://www.militaryonesource.mil/voluntary-education?content_id=274604

VA Statement:

Columbia College Georgia campuses have been approved by the Georgia State Approving Agency 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]).

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Georgia can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Hawaii 

Columbia College has acquired a business license to offer distance education programs from the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

Agency Contact Information:

Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: http://cca.hawaii.gov/

Complaint Process:

Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: hawaii.gov/dcca/ocp/consumer_complaint

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Hawaii can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Idaho 

Idaho was approved as a SARA member state on May 13, 2014. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Idaho.

Agency Contact Information:

Idaho State Board of Education: www.boardofed.idaho.gov/

Complaint Process:

Idaho State Board of Education: http://www.boardofed.idaho.gov/priv_col_univ/student_complaint.asp

Attorney General Contact Information: www.ag.idaho.gov/index.html

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Idaho can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

The RN to BSN degree program is not available to residents in the State of Idaho.

Illinois 

Columbia College is authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Agency Contact Information:

Illinois Board of Higher Education: http://www.ibhe.org/contactUs.htm

Complaint Process:

Illinois Board of Higher Education: www.ibhe.state.il.us/consumerInfo/complaint.htm

Department of Defense (DoD): http://www.militaryonesource.mil/voluntary-education?content_id=274604

VA Statement:

Columbia College Illinois campuses have been approved by the State of Illinois, Department of Veterans Affairs, State Approving Agency 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]).

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Illinois can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Indiana 

Indiana was approved as a SARA member state on February 21, 2014. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Indiana.

Agency Contact Information:

Indiana Commission for Higher Education: http://www.in.gov/che/

Complaint Process:

Indiana Commission for Higher Education: http://www.in.gov/che/2744.htm

Attorney General Contact Information: www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/index.htm

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Indiana can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp 

Iowa 

Iowa was approved as a SARA member state on June 1, 2015. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Iowa. 

Masters of Education in Educational Leadership: The Principal Track of the Masters of Education in Educational Leadership does not qualify a student for an initial principal license in Iowa. Students are responsible for contacting the Iowa Board of Educational Examiner for information about programmatic requirements for principal licensure.

Contact for Iowa Board of Educational Examiners:
http://www.boee.iowa.gov/
(515) 281-3245
515-281-3587 (principal licensure)

Agency Contact Information:

Iowa College Student Aid Commission: https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/content/contact-iowa-college-aid 

Complaint Process:

Iowa College Student Aid Commission: https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/content/constituent-request-review

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Iowa can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Kansas 

Kansas was approved as a SARA member state on November 16, 2014. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Kansas.

Agency Contact Information:

Kansas Board of Regents: http://www.kansasregents.org/about/contact

Complaint Process:

Kansas Board of Regents: www.kansasregents.org/resources/PDF/524-ComplaintProcedureandForm.pdf

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Kansas can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Kentucky 

Columbia College is currently not required to seek licensure of distance education programs from the Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education. 

Columbia College is currently not required to seek licensure of distance education programs per 31 KAR 1:020 Section 1(8) for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

Agency Contact Information:

Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education: http://bpe.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx 

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education: cpe.ky.gov/

Complaint Process:

Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education: http://kcpe.ky.gov/student_resources.htm 

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education: http://cpe.ky.gov/forstudents/consumercomplaints/

Attorney General Contact Information: ag.ky.gov/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Kentucky can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Credit for internship experience will not be offered in Kentucky.

Louisiana 

Louisiana was approved as a SARA member state on October 17, 2014. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Louisiana.

Agency Contact Information:

Louisiana Board of Regents: www.regents.doa.louisiana.gov/

Complaint Process:

Louisiana Board of Regents: http://regents.louisiana.gov/utility-navigation/students/

Attorney General Contact Information: http://www.ag.state.la.us/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Louisiana can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Maine 

Columbia College is currently not required to seek licensure of distance education programs from the Maine Department of Education and the Maine State Board of Education.

Agency Contact Information:

Maine Department of Education: www.maine.gov/education/highered/index.htm

Maine State Board of Education: www.maine.gov/education/sb/index.html

Attorney General Contact Information: www.maine.gov/ag/index.shtml

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Maine can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

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.

Columbia College is subject to investigation of complaints by the Office of the Attorney General of the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Complaints should be directed to:

Maryland Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
200 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-528-8662 or 888-743-0823 (toll free)

Electronic Catalog Addendum:

Agency Contact Information:

Maryland Higher Education Commission: http://www.mhec.state.md.us/higherEd/about/Contact%20Us.asp

Attorney General Contact Information: www.oag.state.md.us/index.htm

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Maryland can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Credit for internship experience will not be offered in Maryland.

Massachusetts 

Columbia College is currently not required to seek approval of distance education programs from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

Columbia College does not fall within the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Office of Private Occupational School Education.

Agency Contact Information:

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education: http://www.mass.edu/

Massachusetts Office of Private Occupational School Education: http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/government/oca-agencies/dpl-lp/schools/

Complaint Process:

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education: http://www.mass.edu/forstufam/complaints/complaints.asp

Massachusetts Office of Private Occupational School Education: http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/docs/dpl/complaint.pdf%c2%a0

Attorney General Contact Information: www.mass.gov/ago/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Massachusetts can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Credit for internship experience will not be offered in Massachusetts.

Michigan 

Columbia College is currently not required to seek approval of distance education programs per the physical presence definition and Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs' regulations.

Agency Contact Information:

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs: http://www.michigan.gov/lara

Complaint Process:

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs: http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-35299_61343_35395_35396-139958--,00.html

Attorney General Contact Information: www.michigan.gov/ag/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Michigan can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Minnesota 

Minnesota was approved as a SARA member state on January 26, 2015. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Minnesota.

Agency Contact Information:

Minnesota Office of Higher Education: http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/sPages/oheContact.cfm

Complaint Process:

Minnesota Office of Higher Education: http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=1078

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Minnesota can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

 The RN to BSN degree program is not available to residents in the State of Minnesota.

Mississippi 

Columbia College is currently not required to seek authorization of distance education programs from the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation.

Agency Contact Information:

Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation: www.mississippi.edu/mcca/

Complaint Process:

Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation: http://www.mississippi.edu/mcca/downloads/studentcomplaintform.pdf

Attorney General Contact Information: www.ago.state.ms.us/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Mississippi can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Missouri 

Missouri was approved as a SARA member state on November 16, 2014. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Missouri.

The college is approved for teacher preparation by the Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Agency Contact Information:

Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education: dese.mo.gov/

The Nursing Program at the Columbia and Lake of the Ozarks campus is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

Agency Contact Information:

Missouri State Board of Nursing: pr.mo.gov/nursing-complaint-form.asp

Complaint Process:

Missouri Department of Higher Education: http://dhe.mo.gov/documents/POLICYONCOMPLAINTRESOLUTION-reviseddraft.pdf

VA Statement:

Columbia College Missouri campuses have been approved by the State of Missouri Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education, Veterans Education and Training Section 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]).

Online degree programs currently offered in Missouri can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Montana 

Montana was approved as a SARA member state on August 13, 2014. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Montana.

Agency Contact Information:

Montana University System: www.mus.edu/

Complaint Process:

Montana University System: http://mus.edu/MUS-Statement-of-Complaint-Process.asp

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Montana can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Nebraska 

Nebraska was approved as a SARA member state on August 9, 2014. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Nebraska.

Agency Contact Information:

Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education: www.ccpe.state.ne.us/PublicDoc/Ccpe/

Nebraska Department of Education, Private Postsecondary Career Schools and Veterans Education: www.education.ne.gov/PPCS/

Complaint Process:

Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/laws/statutes.php?statute=85-2418

Nebraska Department of Education, Private Postsecondary Career Schools and Veterans Education: http://www.education.ne.gov/PPCS/PDF%20Folders/PDF%20Documents/PPCS%20Forms/Complaint-form.pdf

Attorney General Contact Information: www.ago.ne.gov/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Nebraska can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Nevada 

Nevada was approved as a SARA member state on May 14, 2014. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Nevada.

Agency Contact Information:

Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education: www.cpe.state.nv.us/

Complaint Process:

Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education: http://www.cpe.state.nv.us/CPE%20Complaint%20Info.htm

Attorney General Contact Information: ag.state.nv.us/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Nevada can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

New Hampshire 

New Hampshire was approved as a SARA member state on December 15, 2014. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of New Hampshire.

Agency Contact Information:

New Hampshire Department of Education: www.education.nh.gov/highered/

Complaint Process:

New Hampshire Department of Education: http://education.nh.gov/highered/compliance-allegation.htm

Attorney General Contact Information: doj.nh.gov/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of New Hampshire can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

New Jersey 

Columbia College is currently not required to seek licensure of distance education programs per the physical presence definition and the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education's regulations.

Columbia College is currently not required to seek licensure of distance education programs from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Agency Contact Information:

New Jersey Commission on Higher Education: www.state.nj.us/highereducation/index.html

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development: lwd.state.nj.us/labor/

Attorney General Contact Information: www.state.nj.us/lps/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of New Jersey can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

New Mexico 

New Mexico was approved as a SARA member state on May 12, 2015. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of New Mexico. 

Agency Contact Information:

New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED), Private Postsecondary Schools Department:

2048 Galisteo Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: (505 476-8400 
Fax: (505) 476-8454 
http://www.hed.state.nm.us/

Complaint Process:

New Mexico Higher Education Department: http://www.hed.state.nm.us/institutions/Complaints.aspx 

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of New Mexico can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

New York 

Columbia College is an out-of-state institution in New York offering education programs on federal property at Hancock Field and Fort Drum. The college is not authorized to conduct physical instruction in New York State other than on federal property and via distance education. Columbia College's Hancock Field and Fort Drum campuses are located on federal property.

Agency Contact Information:

New York State Education Department: www.nysed.gov/

Complaint Process:

New York State Education Department: http://www.op.nysed.gov/opd/complain.htm

Department of Defense (DoD): http://www.militaryonesource.mil/voluntary-education?content_id=274604

Missouri Department of Higher Education: http://dhe.mo.gov/documents/POLICYONCOMPLAINTRESOLUTION-reviseddraft.pdf

Attorney General Contact Information: www.ag.ny.gov/

VA Statement:

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]).

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of New York can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

North Carolina 

Columbia College currently is not required to seek licensure of distance education programs from the North Carolina State Approving Agency.

Agency Contact Information:

North Carolina State Approving Agency: http://www.northcarolina.edu/?q=academic-affairs/nc-state-approving-agency-ncsaa

Complaint Process:

North Carolina State Approving Agency: http://www.northcarolina.edu/?q=complaints

Attorney General Contact Information: www.ncdoj.gov/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of North Carolina can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

North Dakota 

North Dakota was approved as a SARA member state on April 3, 2014. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of North Dakota.

Agency Contact Information:

North Dakota University System: http://www.ndus.edu/

Complaint Process:

North Dakota University System: https://www.ndus.edu/system/state-authorization/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of North Dakota can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Ohio 

Ohio was approved as a SARA member state on March 2, 2015. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Ohio.

Agency Contact Information:

Ohio Board of Regents: www.ohiohighered.org/board

Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools: http://scr.ohio.gov/

Complaint Process:

Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools: http://scr.ohio.gov/ConsumerInformation/FilingaComplaint.aspx

Attorney General Contact Information: www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Ohio can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Oklahoma 

Oklahoma was approved as a SARA member state on June 29, 2015. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Oklahoma.

Agency Contact Information:

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education: www.okhighered.org/index.shtml

Complaint Process:

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education: http://www.okhighered.org/current-college-students/complaints.shtml

Department of Defense (DoD): http://www.militaryonesource.mil/voluntary-education?content_id=274604

Missouri Department of Higher Education: http://dhe.mo.gov/documents/POLICYONCOMPLAINTRESOLUTION-reviseddraft.pdf

VA Statement:

The Columbia College–Fort Sill campus has been approved by the Oklahoma State Accrediting Agency 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]).

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Oklahoma can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Oregon 

Oregon was approved as a SARA member state on November 11, 2014. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Oregon.

Agency Contact Information:

Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission: http://www.oregonstudentaid.gov/contact.aspx

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Oregon can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Pennsylvania 

Columbia College is currently registered in the State of Pennsylvania as an out-of-state distance education provider.

Agency Contact Information:

Pennsylvania Department of Education: www.education.state.pa.us/

Attorney General Contact Information: www.attorneygeneral.gov/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Pennsylvania can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Rhode Island 

Columbia College currently is not required to seek licensure of distance education programs per the physical presence definition and the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education Regulations.

Agency Contact Information:

Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education: www.ribghe.org/default.htm

Complaint Process:

Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education: http://www.ribghe.org/8a1031912.pdf

Attorney General Contact Information: www.riag.ri.gov/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Rhode Island can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

South Carolina 

Columbia College is considered exempt by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

Agency Contact Information:

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: http://www.che.sc.gov/

Complaint Process:

South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs: http://www.consumer.sc.gov/consumer/ComplaintInstructions/Pages/default.aspx 

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: http://www.che.sc.gov/Portals/0/CHE_Docs/academicaffairs/license/complaint_procedures_and_form.pdf

Department of Defense (DoD): http://www.militaryonesource.mil/voluntary-education?content_id=274604

Missouri Department of Higher Education: http://dhe.mo.gov/documents/POLICYONCOMPLAINTRESOLUTION-reviseddraft.pdf

VA Statement:

The Columbia College – Joint Base Charleston – Weapons Station campus has been approved by South Carolina Commission on Higher 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]).

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of South Carolina can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

South Dakota 

South Dakota was approved as a SARA member state on November 11, 2014. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of South Dakota.

Agency Contact Information:

South Dakota Board of Regents: https://www.sdbor.edu/

Complaint Process:

South Dakota Board of Regents: https://www.sdbor.edu/services/academics/SDSARA/SDSARA_000.htm

Attorney General Contact Information: atg.sd.gov/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of South Dakota can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

The RN to BSN degree program is not available to residents in the State of South Dakota.

Tennessee 

Tennessee was approved as a SARA member state on June 29, 2015. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Tennessee.

Agency Contact Information:

Tennessee Higher Education Commission:  http://www.tn.gov/thec/

Complaint Process:

Tennessee Higher Education Commission: http://tn.gov/thec/Divisions/LRA/PostsecondaryAuth/ComplaintForm.pdf

Attorney General Contact Information: www.tn.gov/attorneygeneral/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Tennessee can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

The RN to BSN degree program is not available to residents in the State of Tennessee.

Texas 

Texas Workforce Commission:

Columbia College has met the legal requirements prescribed in Chapter 132, Texas Education Code, and is authorized to operate in accordance with Section 132.052 under the provisions of that act for the period of July 10, 2014 to July 09, 2015.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board:

Columbia College has demonstrated that it meets the standards set forth in the rules of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and qualifies for an exemption pursuant to Subchapter G, Chapter 61, Texas Education Code and, as defined in Chapter 7.3 of Board rules from certain, but not all, regulations. This exemption will continue as long as Columbia College maintains its accreditation status with the Accrediting Organization The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and standards acceptable to the Coordinating Board. Columbia College is authorized to conduct courses, grant degrees, grant credit toward degrees, and to use certain protected academic terms in the State of Texas until the expiration of its current grant of accreditation.

Columbia College - Fort Worth and Online Campus are considered exempt by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Workforce Commission.

Texas Workforce Commission Student Complaint Policy:

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Student Complaint Policy:

Title 19 of the Texas Administrative Code, Sections 1.110-1.120:

Electronic Catalog Addendums:

Agency Contact Information:

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: www.thecb.state.tx.us/

Texas Workforce Commission: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/

Complaint Process:

Department of Defense (DoD): http://www.militaryonesource.mil/voluntary-education?content_id=274604

Missouri Department of Higher Education: http://dhe.mo.gov/documents/POLICYONCOMPLAINTRESOLUTION-reviseddraft.pdf

Attorney General Contact Information: www.oag.state.tx.us/

VA Statement:

The Columbia College - Fort Worth campus has been approved by the Texas Veterans Commission 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]).

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Texas can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Credit for internship experience will not be offered to online students in the State of Texas.


Utah 

Columbia College is currently authorized under the Utah Code Ann. §13-34a-203 as a postsecondary school required under 34 C.F.R 600.9 by the State of Utah. 

Agency Contact Information:

Utah Department of Commerce: http://www.commerce.utah.gov/

Complaint Process:

Utah Department of Commerce: http://www.dcp.utah.gov/complaints/manual.html

Department of Defense (DoD): http://www.militaryonesource.mil/voluntary-education?content_id=274604

VA Statement:

The Columbia College–Salt Lake campus has been approved by the State of Utah Department of Veterans Affairs, Utah State Approving Agency for Veteran Affairs 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]).

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Utah can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Vermont 

Vermont was approved as a SARA member state on April 17, 2015. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Vermont. 

Agency Contact Information:

Vermont Agency of Education Contact Information: education.vermont.gov/

Attorney General Contact Information: www.atg.state.vt.us/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Vermont can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Virginia 

Virginia was approved as a SARA member state on October 17, 2014. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Virginia.

Agency Contact Information:

Virginia State Council of Higher Education: http://www.schev.edu/

Complaint Process:

Virginia State Council of Higher Education: http://www.schev.edu/students/studentcomplaint.asp

Attorney General Contact Information: www.oag.state.va.us/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Virginia can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

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

Washington was approved as a SARA member state on May 13, 2014. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Washington.

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 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

Electronic Catalog Addendums:

Agency Contact Information:

Washington Student Achievement Council: http://www.wsac.wa.gov/

Complaint Process:

Washington Student Achievement Council: http://www.wsac.wa.gov/protecting-education-consumers

Department of Defense (DoD): http://www.militaryonesource.mil/voluntary-education?content_id=274604

VA Statement:

Columbia College Washington campuses have been approved by the State Approving Agency for Veteran's Education & Training 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]).

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Washington can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

The RN to BSN degree program is not available to residents in the State of Washington.

West Virginia 

West Virginia was approved as a SARA member state on October 17, 2014. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of West Virginia.

Agency Contact Information:

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission: http://www.wvhepc.edu/

Complaint Process:

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission: http://www.ago.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Attorney General Contact Information: www.wvago.gov/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of West Virginia can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Wisconsin 

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

Agency Contact Information:

Wisconsin Educational Approval Board: http://eab.state.wi.us/resources/contact.asp

Complaint Process:

Wisconsin Educational Approval Board: http://eab.state.wi.us/resources/complaint.asp

Student’s Right to Cancel: Wisconsin Student Residents Right to Cancel

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Wisconsin can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp

Wyoming 

Wyoming was approved as a SARA member state on May 12, 2015. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Wyoming. 

Agency Contact Information:

Wyoming Department of Education: http://edu.wyoming.gov/beyond-the-classroom/school-programs/private-school-licensing/

Complaint Process:

Wyoming Department of Education: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/schools/student-complaint-process.pdf

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Wyoming can be viewed at: http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp