Columbia College

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Distinguishing Characteristics

School type Private
Terms Other
Academic calendar (as submitted by school) Online courses are offered in 5 eight week sessions per year.
First year of program 2000-2001

Faculty & Classes

Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 3
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 163
Average online teaching experience 7 years
Faculty have at least 1 year online teaching experience 95%
Faculty have at least 2 years online teaching experience 90%
Faculty have at least 3 years online teaching experience 84%
Full-time faculty with doctorate 2
Part-time faculty with doctorate 34
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 0
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 1
School finances online instructor training Yes
Continuing online instruction education required No
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 13
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 0
Average class size 20
Maximum class size 25


Online bachelor's degree programs 13
Online courses 81
Five most popular majors
General Studies 18%
Business Administration and Management, General 14%
Psychology, General 12%
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 12%
Accounting 9%
All majors
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Management Information Systems, General
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies
Psychology, General
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General
Public Administration
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

Affordable costs. Accelerated format. Ability to complete in several majors. All course work online. Quality instruction, quality course content. 24-7 flexibility in course engagement.

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Yes
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations No
Group projects/simulations No
Exams No
Classes include campus-based students Yes
Collaboration among online and campus-based students Cannot
Students enroll as online students Yes, they are bound to courses as online students after enrollment
Credits earned online equal earned on campus Yes
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus All
Same curricula for online and campus-based students All


Archived classes All
Classes can be received live None
Live online/on-campus classes after 5 p.m. N/A
Online chatrooms Yes
Web conferencing (webinars) N/A
Skype or other visual software N/A
New-student orientation Yes
Review and sign ethics statement No
Percentage of classes with lectures 26-50
Number of times per month faculty evaluate student participation 4
Courses requiring students to work collaboratively with other students Minority
Class participation graded Yes
Exams Yes
Same exams are administered only once No
Exams have random question order No
Each user has unique exam login Yes
Number of settings in which in-person exams are administered Multiple geographically dispersed settings
Anti-plagiarism screening required for essay assignments Yes
Measures to instill academic integrity (as submitted by school)

Utilize for paper submissions. Utilize proctor U for student authentication and academic integrity. Plagiarism tutorial and quiz to educate students on proper citation. Clear communication of academic integrity requirements in all syllabi.

List of Student Assessments Administered

Academic Profile (ETS) Yes
Other assessment Yes
Description of other assessment Major Field Test (ETS) ETC Proficiency Profile (General Education)

Graduation & Retention

Credits needed to graduate 120
Credits that must be earned through school 24
One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates
Limited time to complete degree No
Target time to earn final 25% of credits 1.5 years
Maximum time to earn final 25% of credits N/A
Graduation rates
Graduation rates

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