May 22, 2018  
Catalog and Student Handbook 2007-2008 
Catalog and Student Handbook 2007-2008 [Archived Catalog]

Counseling, Career, and Academic Support Services

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Academic Advising

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Full-time advisors are available in Advising (Warf 239). Students are requested to schedule appointments for advising; however, walk-ins are accepted. Advising questions may be emailed to

Incoming freshmen and reenrolling students may be advised by advisors in Advising, at the extended campuses, or in the Academic Success Center, as soon as their admissions files are complete. Returning students who have been assigned faculty advisors must make appointments with those advisors. Any questions regarding advisor assignments can be answered by contacting Advising.

Students seeking advising on the Columbia campus during evening hours (after 6:30 p.m.), may contact the Academic Success Center (Warf 237).

Students seeking advising at Columbia State’s extended campuses should see the director, evening administrative assistant, or a faculty member at that location.

Academic Success Center

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The Academic Success Center at the Columbia campus is located in Warf 237 (931) 540-2766, and the Academic Success Center at the Franklin campus is located in Yates 104 (615) 790-2557. The Academic Success Center is an academic tutoring and computer services facility designed to support the academic needs of students. The Academic Success Center  provides both professional and peer tutoring, as well as professional online tutoring, free of charge to all Columbia State students. Tutors help students to help themselves by stimulating active learning and by building confidence in their own abilities. Drop-in tutoring is available during scheduled times.

Also available in the Academic Success Center are many online tutorials and instructional programs, word processing, Internet access, email, and much more. For more information on the availability of tutors, software programs, and hours of operation, visit the Academic Success Center Web site at, or go to Important Links on Columbia State’s Web site.



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The Office of Admissions serves individuals who are interested in enrolling at Columbia State by providing general enrollment information, admissions counseling, and campus tours. Additionally, this office is responsible for processing admissions applications and distributing catalogs and schedules of classes. For complete details on admissions requirements, consult the current College catalog. The Office of Admissions is located in the Student Information Center (Jones Student Center 151). For more information on enrollment or campus tours, call (931) 540-2540.

Barnes and Noble College Bookstore

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The Barnes & Noble College Bookstore (Jones Student Center 165) is open at hours convenient to day and evening students. In addition to selling textbooks, manuals, and supplies for college courses, the bookstore offers Columbia State clothing, the buy-back of used books and manuals, as well as gift items.

Career Services

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The Office of Career Services offers a wide variety of services and resources to assist Columbia State students with any issue related to career planning or job search. With the Career Resource Center, students have access to the latest technology and information tools.

In the Career Resource Center (Jones Student Center 122), students can access the Internet and utilize other printed media for career-planning and job-search needs. Career-planning tools are available which match students to various careers and majors. Over 150 current books are available on entrepreneurship, career planning and job search. Students have access to the Career Services Web site with links to over 200 Web sites which provide an easy reference to an infinite amount of career information.

Students are given individual assistance with these and other issues upon request:

  • choosing/changing a major
  • developing a career plan
  • job-search planning
  • resume writing
  • interviewing
  • networking
  • utilizing the Internet for career planning and job search
  • salary and employment projections

Students may work independently within the Career Resource Center.

For more information on career services, consult the Web site at

Evening Services

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Evening services are provided at every Columbia State campus location. For hours and available services, refer to the current College catalog.

Extended Campuses

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Unless otherwise stated, students attending Columbia State extended campuses should contact the director or office personnel at that respective campus for student service needs.

Financial Aid

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The Financial Aid program is designed to aid students who would find it difficult or impossible to attend Columbia State without financial assistance. The College offers a comprehensive program of financial aid in the form of scholarships, part-time employment on campus, grants, loans, and Veterans benefits. Columbia State places major emphasis upon financial need, academic achievement, character, and promise of future success.

Although Columbia State will assist all qualified students as resources permit, this aid should be viewed only as supplementary to the efforts of the family and student. Primary responsibility for financing an education lies with the student.

Information regarding who should apply for financial aid, the application process and types of financial aid can be obtained in the Office of Financial Aid (Jones Student Center 101), or in the administrative office at any of the Columbia State extended campuses. For complete details on applying for financial aid, consult the current College catalog.

A Veterans Affairs representative is available to assist eligible Veterans in the completion of necessary forms, program planning, and in making appropriate certifications to the Veterans Administration. For complete details about Veteran’s benefits, please contact the current College catalog.

Finney Memorial Library

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The John W. Finney Memorial Library provides access to the books, journals, newspapers, electronic resources, and other materials that support the curriculum and fulfill the information and research needs of the students, faculty, and staff of the College. The library provides access to a range of information resources appropriate to the curriculum and other aspects of the College’s mission, offers appropriate reference and instructional services related to the library’s materials and networks, and shares information resources reciprocally with other libraries and institutions in the area, state, region, and nation.

The 23,900 square-foot Columbia facility, opened in 1972, is named for the late John Wesley Finney, a Columbia resident and member of the State Board of Education, whose leadership was instrumental in establishing a community college for this area. The library provides seating for 200 students on two floors. In addition to a microform reading room and a special collections room, the first floor of the library has a reference collection, a current periodicals reading area, an audiovisual lab, and a computer lab for accessing electronic information. The second floor has a conference room, a library-instruction room and computer lab, and stacks for the library’s circulating book collection.

The library print collection has some 70,000 volumes, with strong holdings in history, literature, the social sciences, nursing, and allied health technology. Over 300 periodical titles are received including scholarly journals, general interest magazines, and local, state, and national newspapers.

To enhance access to journals, newspapers, books, and reference materials, the library subscribes to over 40 research databases including:

  • ArtStor
  • Biography Resource Center
  • CINAHL with full text
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online
  • Expanded Academic Index
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • General Business File ASAP
  • General Reference Center Gold
  • Health Reference Center Academic
  • Health and Wellness Resource Center
  • Informe!
  • InfoTrac OneFile
  • LexisNexis Academic
  • Literature Resource Center
  • LitFinder
  • Magill On Literature Plus
  • National Newspaper Index
  • netLibrary
  • New York Times Newspaper
  • Nursing & Allied Health Collection: Comprehensive
  • Oxford English Dictionary
  • Oxford Reference e-Books
  • Safari Tech Books
  • SIRS Knowledge Source
  • Tennessean Newspaper
  • Wilson OmniFile Full Text Mega Edition

The library offers individualized research assistance, as well as instructional classes and orientations. Through the interlibrary loan service, books and other materials may be obtained from other libraries. During fall and spring semesters, library hours are 7:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., on Friday. Check postings for Saturday hours, summer hours, and holiday closings.

In addition to the library on the Columbia campus, libraries are also maintained at Clifton, Lawrence County, Lewisburg, and Williamson County. These locations have basic reference collections, a browsing collection of journals and newspapers, and computer access to electronic databases. Hours at these locations may vary; check with extended campuses individually for hours of operation.


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All new students are encouraged to participate in the new student orientation program. Sessions are held throughout the year at each Columbia State location. This program provides students with information about registration, student services, student activities, and College policies. Additionally, for those students who are unable to attend an orientation, a virtual orientation, containing all of the same information, is available via the Columbia State Web site. Information on the New Student Orientation can be found at

Records and Registration

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The Department of Enrollment Services Records and Registration (Jones Student Center 101) is responsible for student name change, social security number changes, change of registration forms, change of major forms, transcript requests, enrollment verifications, and final graduation evaluation and certification (including academic/technical certificates). Additionally, this department is responsible for the evaluation of college transcripts for transfer credit and external credit by exam evaluations (CLEP, CEEB-Advanced Placement, ACT, CPS, and Military Service/Schools). Web for Student pin-number problems and other Web for Student system-related difficulties should be reported to this department.

Student Center

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The Jones Student Center is open on class days and evenings for the enjoyment of students. The facilities include the cafeteria, bookstore, meeting rooms, TV lounge and game room, cyber center, and an ATM machine. Additionally, the Student Center houses the following offices: Student Services and Enrollment Management, Admissions, Career Services, Disability Services, Financial Aid, Records and Registration, Student Government Association, Student Life, Student Success Counseling, and Testing Services.

The Jones Student Center is open from 7:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Friday, during regularly scheduled semesters.

Arrangements for the use of meeting rooms in the Center are scheduled through the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management (931) 540-2570.

Student Information and Cyber Center

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The Student Information Center (Jones Student Center 151) provides educational support, information, and assistance to Columbia State students in an environment that encourages independence and personal responsibility. Additionally, the Center houses the Office of Admissions.

For the convenience of students, a Cyber Center (Jones Student Center 149) is located adjacent to the Student Information Center. The Cyber Center is available for students to check their campus email, research information via the Columbia State Web site, as well as view and process academic information through Web for Students.

Student Success Counseling

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The Student Success Counseling program offers students assistance with setting goals, stress management, time management, making the transition to college, test anxiety, campus and community referrals, and making connections to peer support. The Student Success Counseling Web site can be accessed through

Testing Services

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The staff in the Office of Testing Services is responsible for the administration of the ACT, Compass, and various other group tests which assist the student in planning his/her program of study. Testing Services also provides proctoring services on the Columbia campus to support Distance Education, the Regents Online Degree Program, and ADA proctoring needs.

Additionally, Columbia State is an official testing center for the GED (General Educational Development) assessment. Persons who have not received a high school diploma and wish to apply for a certificate of equivalency may take the GED. Satisfactory scores on the test enable the individual to apply to his/her high school for an equivalency diploma.

Students have access to the Testing Services Web site for quick reference to testing calendars, forms, and guidelines. The Testing Services Web site can be accessed through


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