Catalog and Student Handbook 2010-2011 
    Sep 21, 2018  
Catalog and Student Handbook 2010-2011 [Archived Catalog]

General Information

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Columbia State Community College builds pathways to success for individuals and communities in a changing economic and social environment.

Core Values


At Columbia State Community College, we place high value on&

  • accessible college programs and facilities
  • student academic achievement and personal development
  • individual relationships with students
  • commitment to community service and leadership
  • excellence in instruction
  • continuing professional development
  • lifelong learning
  • recognition of outstanding achievement
  • effective communication
  • cooperative working relationships
  • a strong work ethic and personal accountability
  • diversity

Statement of Mission


Columbia State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution in southern middle Tennessee, is dedicated to providing access to collegiate education, promoting lifelong learning and supporting community development.

In fulfilling its mission, Columbia State provides academic, student and administrative services to promote achievement of educational, professional and personal goals. The College works with other institutions to develop and implement articulation agreements that facilitate student transfer. The College supports workforce development by delivering education and training responsive to business and industry needs.

Columbia State provides general transfer and career degrees, technical certificates, developmental studies and continuing education opportunities at locations throughout the College's service area and Online. The College promotes academic excellence with emphasis on student learning that builds knowledge, develops skills and broadens perspectives. In addition, Columbia State initiates partnerships in support of economic and community development and contributes to intellectual, cultural, physical and social advancement in its service area.

Columbia State recognizes the merits of employees and supports their professional development activities. The College encourages mutual respect in interactions among employees, students and communities it serves, provides services in safe and secure environments, and is committed to maintaining a climate that promotes diversity and access without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.



On June 22, 1965, the State Board of Education approved Columbia as the site of Tennessee's first community college. Once the Board of Education had approved the location of a college in Columbia, the Maury County Quarterly Court approved a resolution to purchase the two hundred four-acre Hickman farm and pledged $250,000 to aid in the construction of the college.

Columbia State graduated its first class in June 1968. These students had enrolled in 1966, when the College was temporarily housed in the Education Building of the First Baptist Church and other facilities throughout the city. The Columbia campus was occupied in 1967. At that time the facilities were comprised of the administration, gymnasium, library, maintenance, student center, and science buildings.

The two-story Frank G. Clement Building was completed in 1969, and the maintenance building was remodeled and enlarged in 1970. In 1971, the Jones Student Center was enlarged and an athletic track was built. In February 1972, the new John W. Finney Memorial Library was completed. In the spring of 1976, the Health Sciences Building was completed. On August 10, 1989, the Natatorium, a mini-olympic indoor swimming pool, was dedicated. The most recent building, the Waymon L. Hickman Building, was completed in 2001.

In January 1988, Columbia State began offering courses in the Yates Vocational Center in Franklin. In 1994, the facility was transferred to the Tennessee Board of Regents, providing a permanent location for the College's Williamson County Center. Three additional semi-permanent sites have since been established in leased facilities: the Lawrence County Center, opened in 1988; the Lewisburg Site, opened in 1996; and the Clifton Site, opened in 1997.

Campus Locations



The Columbia campus provides access to educational offerings for students from Maury County and surrounding areas. It also houses the president's office and the administrative offices for academic and student programs and services, advancement, and financial and administrative services. The campus is located at 1665 Hampshire Pike at the intersection of State Highway 412 and Cayce Lane. For more information, call (931) 540-2722 or email


The Clifton Site, established to provide access to post-secondary education to the citizens of Wayne County and surrounding areas, is located at 795 Main Street at the intersection of Highway 114 and Main Street in Clifton, Tennessee. The site offers credit classes and degree programs, business and industry training, personal enrichment courses, and other community services. For more information, call (888) 346-6581 or (931) 676-6966; fax (931) 676-6941; or email

Lawrence County

The Lawrence County Center offers traditional and nontraditional educational opportunities for the citizens of Lawrence County and the surrounding areas. Courses are offered throughout daytime, afternoon, and evening hours as well as Saturdays. Evening services are available during the regular semester.  Workforce development non-credit classes are also available throughout the year. The Center is located adjacent to the Lawrence County High School campus at 1620 Springer Road, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. For more information, call (931) 766-1600; fax (931) 766-1602; or email


The Lewisburg Site, located at 980 South Ellington Parkway in Lewisburg, offers credit classes for students in Marshall and surrounding counties. Additional non-credit training programs, both general interest and employment-related, are conducted throughout the year. For more information, call (931) 359-0351; fax (931) 270-1358; or email

Williamson County

The Williamson County Center provides both traditional and nontraditional educational opportunities for the citizens of Williamson County and surrounding areas. Additional non-credit programs, both general interest and employment related, are available throughout the year. The Center is located at 104 Claude Yates Drive, adjacent to Franklin High School, off Hillsboro Road in Franklin, Tennessee. For more information, call (615) 790-4400; fax (615) 790-4405; or email

Evening Services


The Evening and Community Services office, located in room 109 in the Warf Science Building, provides evening student services and information support after 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. (Monday - Thursday) on the Columbia campus. Evening services are also available at all of the College's campus locations.

Limitations and Reservations


The institution reserves the right to make changes as required in course offerings, curricula, academic policies and other rules and regulations affecting students. These changes will govern current and formerly enrolled students and will become effective whenever determined by the institution. Enrollment of all students is subject to these conditions.

The course offerings and requirements of this institution are continually under examination and revision. This catalog presents course offerings and requirements in effect at the time of publication but does not guarantee that they will not be changed or revoked. However, adequate and reasonable notice will be given to students affected by any changes. This catalog is not intended to state contractual terms and does not constitute a contract between the student and the institution.

Current information about offerings and requirements may be obtained from the following offices:

  • Admission Requirements: Admissions office.
  • Course offerings: Department or division offering the courses.
  • Degree Requirements: Records office.
  • Fees and tuition: Business Services office.

Columbia State provides the opportunity for students to increase their knowledge by providing programs of instruction in the various disciplines and programs through faculty who, in the opinion of the College, are trained and qualified for teaching at the college level. However, the acquisition of knowledge by any student is contingent upon the student's desire to learn and his or her application of appropriate study techniques to any course or program. The institution does not warrant or represent that any student who completes a course or program of study will necessarily acquire any specific skills or knowledge or will be able to successfully pass or complete any specific examination for any course, degree, or license.

Misrepresentation of Academic Credentials


It is a Class A misdemeanor to misrepresent academic credentials. A person commits the offense of misrepresentation of academic credentials who, knowing that the statement is false and with the intent to secure employment at or admission to an institution of higher education in Tennessee, represents, orally or in writing that such person:

  1. Has successfully completed the required course work for and has been awarded one or more degrees or diplomas from an accredited institution of higher education;
  2. Has successfully completed the required course work for and has been awarded one or more degrees or diplomas from a particular institution of higher education; or
  3. Has successfully completed the required course work for and has been awarded one or more degrees or diplomas in a particular field or specialty from an accredited institution of higher education.

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs and Activities


It is the policy of Columbia State that no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity on the basis of sex. Columbia State shall ensure that equal opportunity and nondiscrimination exist on the basis of sex for students in all education programs and activities, including but not limited to, the following: (1) recruitment and admission; (2) academic, extracurricular, research, occupational training, health-related training, and other education programs; (3) rules on student life activities; (4) housing; (5) facilities; (6) access to course offerings; (7) counseling; (8) financial assistance; (9) employment assistance; (10) health and insurance benefits and services; (11) rules on marital or parental status; and (12) athletics.

Inquiries concerning this statement, its application to students, or any regulations subsequently developed should be directed to the Director of Human Resources, Pryor Administration Building, Columbia State Community College, 1665 Hampshire Pike, Columbia, TN 38401, (931) 540-2521.