Institution: Columbia College—Tysons, Virginia
The following data is provided as a summary and roll-up of Columbia College – Tysons & Centerville and Columbia Institute – Silver Spring
Student Disclosure for Gainful Employment
The U.S. Department of Education requires that we report and disclose certain information regarding the school programs in a clear, concise, prominent, user-friendly, and easily understood manner. The intent of the requirement is to enable students to make an informed choice about a program of study. To this end, we have developed documents containing the following information:
- The tuition and fees; Books and supplies
- Financing options
- The median loan debt incurred by students
- Program lengths
- The on-time completion rate
- Placement rate
- Information on jobs related to the program
U.S. Department of Education references from 34 Code of Federal Regulations:
- Occupation (Sections 600.2, 600.4, 600.5, 600.6, 668.6, and 668.8)
- Gainful Employment Reporting and Disclosure Requirements (Section 668.6)
- Student Right-to-Know Act (Section 668.45(d)(3))
Gainful Employment Information
- This link is the user –Manual for Gainful Employment website.
- Please review this link for accuracy in listing the SOC Codes
Title IV-eligible instructional programs
Associate Degree Programs
Performance Information Disclosure
“These are the self-reported data submitted to ACICS by the institution in its most recent Campus Accountability Report.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a first-time student?
A first-time student has no prior postsecondary experience before enrolling at this campus. This means that a student who attended another college, university or other postsecondary school before enrolling at this school is not included in the calculation. The rate also does not include students initially enrolled part-time, taking individual classes (as compared to enrolling in a full program), or only auditing classes.
How is the Graduation Rate Calculated?
The rate is calculated using the Student Right-to-Know formula in order to comply with U.S. Department of Education requirements. The statistics track all first-time, fulltime and certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students who began school during the date range noted above and have completed within 150% of the normal program length. For example, for a two-year program, the graduation rate would include students who had completed within three years of beginning the program. Information pertaining to the Graduation Rates of all postsecondary institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be found on the College Navigator website.
All Graduation Rates are based on 3 years of attendance which is equal to 150% of the normal completion time of Cameron’s longest academic program. For the students who began their studies in 2013-14, the graduation rate was 62 percent and their transfer-out rate was 9%. The official Student Right to Know Act graduation rate pools first-time, full-time, degree or certificate seeking students. This data is updated by July 1 of each year.
Each year, Columbia College reports its retention rate to the U.S. Department of Education. These rates measure the percentage of first time, degree seeking undergraduate students who returned to Columbia College to continue their studies the following fall quarter. The percentage of students who began their studies in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016, following the Department of Education method, was 74 percent for first-time, full-time students. It is important to note that this rate does not include new students entering with transfer credit, new students seeking undergraduate certificates or diplomas, or new students seeking graduate certificates, diplomas, or Associates degrees at Columbia College. Many Columbia students attend for one or more terms, take a term off, then return to their studies. Additionally, many new Columbia students enter the College with transfer credits. These students are not included in the retention rate calculated following the Department of Education method.
Columbia College’s annual placement rate is calculated by the formula:
Completers Employed in Positions Related to Field of Instruction
Total Completers – Number of unavailable
Several categories are regarded as unavailable for placement as follows:
- unavailable for placement due to pregnancy, death or other health-related situations
- unavailable due to active military service
- unavailable due to visa restrictions (for international students)
The information on placement rates is available in the College’s Student Disclosure for Gainful Employment.
Campus Security Columbia College reports crime statistics to department of Education to meet Student Right-to-Know requirements. The number of on-campus arrest and on-campus criminal offenses has been zero (0) from 2011 through 2013, respectively.
For more information about Columbia College, see Department of Education’s College Navigator at: College Navigator