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State Regulatory Information and Complaint Process

The Columbia College main campus is located in Columbia, MO. The college has over 35 locations across the U.S. and in Guantanamo Bay.

Columbia College Complaint Process

Columbia College (the “College”) values feedback from its students and believes students should be able to discuss problems and express concerns to the College and free from duress or retaliation. The College is committed to providing students with an avenue to express concerns and to work with College officials toward amical resolutions. The College believes engaging in this process can also be an inherently valuable educational experience for students and can help prepare students to address issues in a professional and productive manner after they leave the College. Please find the below Columbia College policies and procedures for student complaints:

Columbia College General Student Complaint Policy

Columbia College Title IX and the Sexual Misconduct Policy

Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy

Columbia College ADA/Section 504 Grievance Policy

Columbia College External Agency and Entity Complaint Reporting Policy

The Ombudsman

Misty Phillips, Director, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, is the Ombudsman contact for Columbia College. The Ombudsman will coordinate investigations with appropriate parties related to college matters such as academic or non-academic, employment, facilities, financial aid, etc. For such matters, please email institutionaleffectiveness@ccis.edu or call (573) 875-7697.

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 and Complaint Process

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.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Complaint Process

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 SARA. 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: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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

Department of Defense (DoD) Complaint Process

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

Internships

Columbia College offers the opportunity to earn elective credit for internship experience in most states. Credit for internship experience will not be offered in the states of Massachusetts and New York.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) (Online)

The RN to BSN (online) degree program is not available to residents in the states of District of Columbia, Idaho, Minnesota, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Washington.

Columbia College is authorized, exempt, certified, licensed, 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 institutionaleffectiveness@ccis.edu.

State Regulatory Information

Alabama 

The Redstone Arsenal location is approved by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education to offer degree programs listed on Columbia College's website at: http://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx.

The Redstone Arsenal location is licensed by the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education to offer degree programs listed on Columbia College's website at: http://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx.

Columbia College’s Online Education is licensed by the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education to offer degree programs listed on Columbia College’s website at: http://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx.

Alabama was approved as a SARA member state on January 1, 2016. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015.

Electronic Catalog Addendums:

Educator Preparation Programs: 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 who complete an educator preparation program at an institution outside of Alabama must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alsde.edu

Nursing: State approval of a program to offer Alabama licensed nurses opportunities for advanced degrees does not indicate eligibility for approval to practice as an advanced practice nurse in Alabama. Applicants for approval in Alabama are required to meet the Alabama requirements for national certification, graduation from a specific-type program for the advanced practice approval, and completion of the appropriate application. Any program offering a pre-licensure track to Alabama students shall meet the requirements of the Alabama regulations for pre-licensure programs or the graduates may not be eligible to take the national licensure examination required by the Alabama Board of Nursing to enter the practice. www.abn.alabama.gov

Agency Contact Information:

Alabama Commission on Higher Education: http://www.ache.state.al.us/Content/AgcyContact/ContactUs.aspx

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

Complaint Process:

Alabama Commission on Higher 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 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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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//contact-us

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/students-parents/colleges-universites/student-grievance-form

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

California 

Columbia College has been granted approval to operate under the terms of California Education Code (CEC) section 94890(a)(1).

Catalogs:

Electronic Catalog Addendum:

Enrollment Agreement:

Performance Fact Sheets (PFS):

Annual Report:

2015 Annual Report

Agency Contact Information:

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

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 locations 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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

Colorado 

Columbia College is authorized for operation as a postsecondary institution in Colorado under §23-2-101, et seq., C.R.S. 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 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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

Connecticut 

Connecticut was approved as a SARA member state on December 9, 2016. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Connecticut.

Agency Contact Information:

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

Delaware 

Delaware was approved as a SARA member state on September 1, 2016. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Delaware.

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

District of Columbia 

Columbia College is approved for conditional exemption to offer internship experiences in Washington, DC by the District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission.

District of Columbia was approved as a SARA member state on July 1, 2016. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the District of Columbia.

Agency Contact Information:

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

Complaint Process:

District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission: http://osse.dc.gov/service/higher-education-licensure-commission-helc-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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

The RN to BSN (online) degree program is not available to residents 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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

Georgia 

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

Georgia was approved as a SARA member state on December 1, 2015. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015.

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 locations 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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

Hawaii 

Columbia College has been approved to operate as a post-secondary degree-granting educational institution in the State of Hawaii by Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

Hawaii was approved as a SARA member state on May 17, 2016. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Hawaii.

Agency Contact Information:

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

Hawaii Post-secondary Education Authorization Program: http://cca.hawaii.gov/hpeap/ 

Complaint Process:

Hawaii Post-secondary Education Authorization Program: http://cca.hawaii.gov/hpeap/student-complaint-process/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Hawaii can be viewed at: http://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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: https://boardofed.idaho.gov/contact_us.asp

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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

Illinois 

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

Illinois was approved as a SARA member state on July 31, 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 Illinois.

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 locations 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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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: http://www.kansasregents.org/students/university_student_complaints

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Kansas can be viewed at: http://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

Kentucky 

Kentucky was approved as a SARA member state on November 2, 2016. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Kentucky.

Agency Contact Information:

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

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education: http://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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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: http://www.regents.la.gov/page/contact

Complaint Process:

Louisiana Board of Regents: http://www.regents.la.gov/page/StudentComplaints

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

Maine 

Maine was approved as a SARA member state on November 9, 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 Maine.

Agency Contact Information:

Maine Department of Education: http://www.maine.gov/doe/contact/index.shtml

Maine State Board of Education: http://www.maine.gov/sbe/contact.html

Complaint Process:

Maine Department of Education: http://www.maine.gov/doe/specialed/support/dispute/procedures/complaintinvestigation.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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

Maryland 

Maryland was approved as a SARA member state on January 1, 2016. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Maryland.

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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/about/contactus.asp

Massachusetts Office of Private Occupational School Education: http://license.reg.state.ma.us/public/dpl_contact_info/dpl_contact_info.asp

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/government/oca-agencies/dpl-lp/schools/students/information-for-students.html

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

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Massachusetts can be viewed at: http://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

Credit for internship experience will not be offered in the State of Massachusetts.

Michigan 

Michigan was approved as a SARA member state on August 31, 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 Michigan.

Agency Contact Information:

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs: http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-10603-42245--,00.html

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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

Mississippi 

Mississippi was approved as a SARA member state on January 1, 2016. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Mississippi.

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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 locations have been approved by the State of Missouri Department 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 the State of Missouri can be viewed at: http://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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: http://www.mus.edu/contacts.asp

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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: https://ccpe.nebraska.gov/

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

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

New Jersey 

New Jersey was approved as a SARA member state on December 5, 2016. 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 Jersey.

Agency Contact Information:

New Jersey Commission on Higher Education: https://www.state.nj.us/treas/highereducation/contactus.shtml

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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. Columbia College's Hancock Field and Fort Drum campuses are located on federal property.

New York was approved as a SARA member state on December 9, 2016. 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 York.

Agency Contact Information:

New York State Education Department: http://www.nysed.gov/contact-NYSED

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 locations 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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

Credit for internship experience will not be offered in the State of New York. 

North Carolina 

North Carolina was approved as a SARA member state on June 13, 2016. 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 Carolina.

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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/contact/

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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: https://www.ohiohighered.org/contact-us

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

Complaint Process:

Ohio Board of Regents: https://www.ohiohighered.org/students/complaints

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

Oklahoma 

Columbia College complies with Title 70 O.S. 4103 and may operate educational programs beyond secondary education in 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: http://www.okhighered.org/state-system/

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 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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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

Complaint Process:

Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission: http://www.oregonstudentaid.gov/oda-doc/ODA%20Student%20Complaint%20Form.pdf

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Oregon can be viewed at: http://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

Pennsylvania 

Pennsylvania was approved as a SARA member state on November 2, 2016. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Pennsylvania.

Agency Contact Information:

Pennsylvania Department of Education: http://www.education.pa.gov/Pages/Agency-Contact-List.aspx#.VgqftE_lspE

Complaint Process:

Pennsylvania Department of Education: http://www.education.pa.gov/Postsecondary-Adult/College%20and%20Career%20Education/Pages/Students-Complaints.aspx#.Vgqf1k_lspE

Attorney General Contact Information: www.attorneygeneral.gov/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Pennsylvania can be viewed at: http://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

Rhode Island 

Rhode Island was approved as a SARA member state on November 9, 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 Rhode Island.

Agency Contact Information:

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

Complaint Process:

Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education: http://www.ribghe.org/pdfs/BOGStudentComplaintProcessII011012.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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

South Carolina 

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

South Carolina was approved as a SARA member state on June 10, 2016. 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 Carolina.

Agency Contact Information:

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

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 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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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/services/staff.htm

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

The RN to BSN (online) 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/assets/entities/thec/attachments/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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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

Texas 

Texas Workforce Commission:

Columbia College has been granted exemption under Texas Education Code, Section 132.002(a)(6) as a private institution.

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 is considered exempt by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Workforce Commission.

Texas was approved as a SARA member state on November 2, 2015. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs.

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:

Agency Contact Information:

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: https://www1.thecb.state.tx.us/Apps/CRAFT/Home/Create

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

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 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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

Utah 

Columbia College is 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. 

Utah was approved as a SARA member state on August 25, 2016. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in 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 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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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/

Complaint Process:

Vermont Agency of Education Contact Information: http://education.vermont.gov/documents/EDU-Due_Process_Complaint_Form_for_Parents_Guardians_or_Students.pdf

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

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of Vermont can be viewed at: http://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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/schev/Contact.asp

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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 Student Achievement Council

Washington was approved as a SARA member state on May 13, 2014. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015.

Master of Arts in Teaching: "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

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 locations 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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

The RN to BSN (online) 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.wvhepc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Complaint-Form2.pdf

Attorney General Contact Information: www.wvago.gov/

Online degree programs currently offered in the State of West Virginia can be viewed at: http://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

Wisconsin 

Wisconsin was approved as a SARA member state on August 12, 2016. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Wisconsin.

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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://web.ccis.edu/degrees/all.aspx

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