June Session ColuMbiA College– 2010 online CAMpus A newsletter for students and friends of the college 1001 Rogers St. Columbia, MO 65216 Phone: (573) 875-7246 Fax: (573) 875-7445 www.ccis.edu/online Dates to remember April 26 June Session registration begins April 30 Last day to withdraw from March The new lobby of the Online Education Cente Session courses and receive a W r includes seating and a bank of lockers for stude nts taking proctored exams to secure their belon gings. May 15 March Session ends Director’s letter The Online Campus recently relocated to a campus and participate in the commencement May 28 newly renovated building on the main campus ceremony here — Online Campus students Last day to register for June in Columbia, Mo. While you may never are always invited to participate in the main Session in-seat and online actually enter this new building, I do want to campus commencement ceremony, or a graduate courses share this with you because it provides us commencement ceremony at one of our with the much-needed space to help serve nationwide campuses. You have worked May 31 you better. Our old building was functional, hard for your degree and we appreciate the June Session begins but the new building provides a more team- opportunity to be a part of your celebration. centered layout for all student services, and Secondly, I want to personally thank you May 31 this team-centered layout will greatly enhance for choosing Columbia College for your Memorial Day Holiday; offices our ability to assist each one of you. degree. If part of your post-graduation plans closed, no classes includes pursuing a graduate degree, we As part of this move we are also reevaluating would be honored if you considered us. We June 4 many of our current processes and Last day to add June Session currently offer graduate degrees in business procedures to increase our efficiency. One administration (MBA), criminal justice (Master undergraduate courses example of this is our current Assisted of Science in Criminal Justice Administration) Registration form. This form is only used by a and teaching (Master of Arts in Teaching). All June 7 small number of students, but it required them Last day to drop June Session of these degrees are available entirely online, to provide a lot of information that currently in a format and delivery you have already courses without academic or resides in the college’s electronic student financial liability become accustomed to in your undergraduate information system. The form has been coursework. updated and is now included in eServices, July 5 which means quite a few required data fields For those of you who might not be graduating Fourth of July Holiday; offices (name, student ID, campus location, etc.) are in the near future, I want to mention two closed, no classes automatically populated. While this will not important items. First, your Free Application benefit everyone, it is an example of the types for Student Aid (FASFA) should be submitted July 5 of changes we are making to help serve you as soon as you complete your taxes for Registration begins for August better. the next year. This application allows for Session the awarding of your federal financial aid Another important topic to mention is and you can access it at www.fafsa.ed.gov. July 9 graduation. May is the normal timeframe Also, this newsletter contains an article Last day to withdraw from June where many students graduate, or at least about the eScholarship, a scholarship for Session courses and receive a W start thinking about their future graduation. Online Campus students. If you meet the There are a couple important comments I qualifications, I encourage you to submit your July 24 want to add here directed specifically at those application. June Session ends who will be completing their degree soon. First, we would love to have you visit the main - Dr. Gary Massey Dean for Adult Higher Education Columbia College switches from Federal Family education loan (FFel) program to Direct loan program Columbia College is changing from Want to practice the gRe or Clep? Check out the the Federal Family Education Loan “learningexpress library” (FFEL) program to the Federal Direct Loan program because the Stafford Library’s “LearningExpress Library” has resources that can be helpful for FFEL program is no longer a good test preparation or improving essential skills as you pursue your academic and option due to changes in the student career goals. The database is full of practice tests, exercises and tutorials for CLEP, loan industry. All Stafford loans at GRE and other graduate school entrance exams, as well as PRAXIS II and TOEFL. Columbia College are in the FFEL You can also test yourself on vocational exams in law enforcement, nursing and program, and students who currently many other careers. have a Stafford loan will be required The database has exercises to improve grammar, math, reading, spelling, to change to the Direct Loan program. vocabulary and writing skills. Tutorials are also available to help with resumes, cover The full transition is expected to be letters, interviewing and the job search. completed by August 2010. After completing the free registration, you will gain access to any of the tests or The main difference between the courses, be able to see the tests and courses you have taken and receive instant new Direct Loan program and the online scoring and customized feedback. current FFEL student loan program is the funding source. The FFEL “LearningExpress Library” is available on the library’s Web page at www.ccis.edu/ program is funded by banks and library/ under the Reference - Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Subject Guides. other financial institutions and the Direct Loan program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Both programs are regulated by the Drop vs. “W” vs. “We” federal government and offer the Students are often confused as to which form of withdrawal is appropriate to same student loan interest rates, their situation, the “Drop,” the “Withdrawal” (W) or the “Withdraw Excused” (WE). borrower amounts and multiple Depending upon the circumstances, each has its appropriate use. repayment options. In fact, students will not see a major change and Ideally, the student will know whether to drop a course during the first week of the will not lose eligibility of any federal session. Students may drop courses during the first week of the session for any student loan amounts. Students reason without academic or financial liability, provided they do so through eServices will, however, be required to provide or submit an Add/Drop/Withdrawal form to the campus no later than close of a minimum of one additional loan business the first business day of the second week. document (a Federal Direct Master Promissory Note) in order to A “W” is appropriate when a student may elect to withdraw from a course during process a Direct Loan. Students will week two through week six of the session without academic (grade) liability. be notified by CougarMail of any However, a notation of “W” will appear on the student’s transcript, and the student will required documentation and should still be responsible for payment of the course. The student will need to withdraw from monitor requested documents in the the course through eServices or their local campus within the appropriate timeframe. eServices “MyDocuments” link. If the circumstances in which the student is requesting a “W” are extremely severe, Though this change is mandatory for the student may wish to request a “Withdraw Excused” (WE). If approved, they all students receiving federal-based may receive a reprieve from academic and financial responsibility (in full, or pro- student loans at Columbia College, rated). To receive approval for a “WE,” extraordinary circumstances must be in students may consider it a welcome place, which are narrowly interpreted as development of unforeseen, unexpected change. Two of the benefits of the circumstances beyond a student’s control that prevents continued attendance in all Direct Loan program are a lower classes. Approval for a “WE” is contingent upon the student providing all pertinent parent PLUS loan interest rate (.6 documentation needed to validate the circumstances. Approval of a “WE” for online percent lower) and the Public Service students is far more challenging in that online courses were designed with a great Loan Forgiveness program (which deal of flexibility for the student. In most cases, if a “WE” is approved, the student will previously would require a student be credited with a portion of the financial liability, based upon factors such as date of to consolidate into the Direct Loan incident, date of documentation and date of “WE” request. program before participation). Failure to complete a course affects academic progress, regardless of the grade For questions, contact a financial received. This lack of academic progress can have ramifications for financial aid services counselor at (573) 875-7390 whether the grade received is a “W,” “WE” or “F.” The student is advised to discuss or 1-800-231-2391, ext. 7390. the complete impact of withdrawal from a course with their advisor and with financial aid, prior to making a decision. new assisted registration form in eservices replaces faxed form An assisted registration form is now available in eServices to replace faxed Calling all future alumni: registration. This should be used if you are unable to register using eRegistration. CCAA is your link to your You can access the form in eServices in the Registration section of My Student alumni network eServices. When you click on the form, you will see a message which will alert you to the purpose of the form, and warn you that you are only submitting a request to Did you know that every student who be registered, and that submission of this form does not guarantee you a seat in the graduates from Columbia College class. automatically becomes a member of the alumni association? There is Upon submission of the form, an e-mail will be sent to the campus mailbox of your no fee or registration process. The home location. A staff member at each campus will process the registration request. Columbia College Alumni Association (CCAA) offers benefits, programs Please contact the student records office with questions or comments at (573) 875- and activities to more than 59,000 7526 or firstname.lastname@example.org. members and provides volunteer services to the college. FAFsA reminder As a member of CCAA, you are eligible for the following benefits and Don’t forget to submit your 2010-2011 FAFSA. This is the first step in applying services: for financial aid. Also, in order to avoid registration delays (due to the financial • Alumni awards and Legacy aid processing time) for the upcoming August 2010 academic year, you should scholarships turn in financial aid paperwork before May 30. • Alumni merchandise available for purchase online • Free subscription to the Columbia College alumni magazine, Spotlight published three times a year spotlight on: The MbA program • Online submissions to class If you’ve been thinking about getting an MBA, you’re not alone. Increased competition notes for publication in the alumni in the job market has spurred a growing population of working adults to return to magazine school. Since establishing its MBA program in 1998, Columbia College has seen an • One free copy of your official increased interest every year. transcript sent with your diploma The MBA degree is a general degree. There are five prerequisite courses: Principles • Lifetime access to Cougar e-mail of Management, Principles of Marketing, Accounting I, Accounting II and Business Feel free to join the alumni Finance. Generally, students with an undergraduate degree in business will have association’s Twitter and Facebook satisfied these prerequisites, but non-business majors will need to complete this set of community. Visit the CCAA Web site courses before beginning MBA coursework. at www.ccis.edu/offices/alumni/ Most courses are aimed at ensuring a broad knowledge base from which to manage ccaa/ for more information on any a firm. Some of the courses include: Business 508 Decision Science, Business 510 of the items above or to update Managerial Economics, Business 562 Managerial Accounting and Business 570 your information, refer a student or Managerial Finance. In addition, students complete coursework in international volunteer for events. business, marketing, management, information systems, human resource You can also volunteer to serve on management, legal issues and a capstone strategic management course. the board of directors, assist with Columbia College’s master’s degree in business administration is available on regional alumni events or host an campus to students in Columbia, Mo.; Fort Worth, Texas; Hancock Field, N.Y.; Kansas alumni gathering in your area by City, Mo.; Lemoore, Calif.; Marysville/Everett, Wash.; NWS Charleston, S.C.; Orlando, contacting the Alumni Relations office Fla.; Redstone Arsenal, Ala.; and St. Louis, Mo. However, anyone can pursue an at (800) 231-2391, ext. ALUM (2586) online MBA through the Online Campus. or e-mail email@example.com. With a low student-to-teacher ratio of 1-to-15 and competitive tuition rates of $299 in-seat and $320 online, Columbia College is the perfect choice for furthering your education and helping you to be competitive in the job market. June session course schedule Registration begins April 26, 2010 and courses begin May 31, 2010. To access the on-campus schedule, visit www.ccis.edu/online. For a complete list of online classes, go to www.ccis.edu/online/schedule online Campus escholarship to be awarded in June Students could be awarded $1,000 for demonstrating a history of academic excellence and personal growth as a result of taking online courses with Columbia College. Applications for the eScholarship are due to the campus office June 15. This one-time award can be applied toward tuition, books and fees with Columbia College for the upcoming 2010- 2011 academic year. Cash awards will not be made. To be considered for the Online Campus eScholarship, the student must: • Take only online courses and have a current home location of Online Campus (may not have a home location of any other Nationwide Campus other than the Online Campus) • Have at least 21 hours of online coursework with Columbia College, at least nine of which were taken within the last five sessions • Be an undergraduate degree-seeking student • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 with Columbia College • Complete the application form • Complete the eScholarship short-answer form The application and short answer form may be requested by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like more information or have questions, please contact the Online Campus office. Tech tips Did you know that more than 3 million tons of e-waste wind up in landfills each year, according to the EPA? To reduce your carbon footprint: • Cut power to devices not being used – At the end of the day, turn your computer off or at the very least turn your monitor, printer, scanner, copier, etc. off. • Dispose of electronics properly – Donate your old electronics to a charity of your choice, an elementary school or a local recycler. • Work resourcefully – Think twice before burning a CD with only one file. Try to print as Help strengthen the sciences at Columbia College: resourcefully as possible by make a gift through Facebook duplex printing, reducing print size or printing multiple pages Go to www.causes.com/causes/438455 and help support our Science Initiative. per sheet. Your donation will go directly to the “Tradition Meets Tomorrow” Science Initiative to help strengthen the future of science at Columbia College through state-of-the- art facilities, laboratories, technology and scientific equipment. This is not just for traditional day campus students, strengthening the sciences will benefit everyone.
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