About Columbia College

Founded in 1851, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, coeducational liberal arts and sciences college, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs.

Originally founded as Christian Female College, the college was the first women's college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by a state legislature. The college changed its name to Columbia College in 1970 when it transitioned from a two-year women's college to a four-year coeducational college. Though Columbia College has retained a covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since its inception, the college is a nonsectarian school welcoming students of all religious denominations.

Through its network of campuses in 35 nationwide locations, the Day Campus and Evening Campus in Columbia, Mo., and the Online Campus, the college serves more than 29,000 students annually.

In addition to offering associate and bachelor's degrees, the college also offers master's degrees at the main campus, selected extended campuses and online.

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As the leader of the retention efforts at our institution, it was wonderful to have a team that could put perspective to it all and make the impossible, possible. Aviso showed us the path to follow.

We’ve always had retention activities, but with Aviso’s assistance, we were able to develop a cohesive strategic plan.

Dr. Nathan Miller
Associate Vice President of Adult Higher Education

 

Analytics to Action

Beginning in 2014, Columbia College partnered with Aviso Retention to embark on a research study that combined predictive analytics and utilization of model outcomes to guide the communication strategies employed by advisors and success coaches. The results were immediate, and impressive.

 

Percent of Medium Risk Students Retained

 

Want to learn more? Download the full research study in The Journal of Continuing Higher Education here.