Rogers GateSeveral new happenings around the college were announced at the Staff Association Advisory Council (SAAC) meeting this week. From new positions to departmental changes, here’s what’s going on at Columbia College.

New positions

Dr. Cynthia Louden has been named the new director of assessment for Columbia College. She is currently an assessment specialist at the University of Texas-Austin. Louden will begin at the college Jan. 5. Plus, interviews are underway to fill the position of director of the Fishman Entrepreneurship Center.

Additional academic programs

This past year, there were five new academic programs added to Columbia College’s roster. Now, students can receive a bachelor’s degree in music, major in entrepreneurship, achieve their Bachelor of Science in Nursing online, earn a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, and attain a Crime Scene Investigation certificate.

Departmental changes

Beginning Nov. 24, Registration & Financial Services will be renamed as the Larsh Enrollment Service Center. Many students were confused on the difference between RFS and Financial Aid, so this new name will better help define what the Enrollment Service Center offers — assistance in registering for classes. Florence Larsh ’49, for whom the center is named, is a generous alumna and supporter of the college. She gave $180,000 in November 2013 to support the science building and the alumni association.

Parkade Center

Columbia College has established a recruitment office in the Parkade Center. Located across the hallway from Moberly Area Community College’s Columbia location, the office will better serve the college in recruiting students who have received their associate degree from MACC and would like to obtain a bachelor’s degree. These students will be able to take advantage of the Transfer Advantage Program (TAP), a program created for students who choose to begin their education at a community college with the intent of transferring to Columbia College at a later date to complete their bachelor’s degree.

AHE moving from five sessions to six

The college plans to move from five sessions each year to six. This will be helpful because the college can now offer an “accelerated” program, allowing students to earn their degree faster than four years. More details will come soon!

Rethinking advertising strategy

Marketing is interviewing agencies to take a fresh look at the overall advertising strategy of the college — meaning the Go For Greater tagline might be put on hold. With each campus having its own unique situation, a marketing approach at one campus might not work for at another. So, a new strategy will be developed that will allow for different approaches depending on what will resonate best in a certain area.