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Academic & General Information

Accreditation

Colorado College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411. Phone: (800) 621-7440 / (312) 263-0456; Fax: (312) 263-7462 . info@hlcommission.org.

The College’s Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program is accredited by the State of Colorado Board of Education, 201 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203. Phone: (303) 866-6600; Fax: (303) 830-0793.

To obtain or review documents related to the college's accreditation, contact the Office of the Dean, Armstrong Hall 204. Phone: (719) 389-6682; Fax: (719) 389-6934.


Academic Program at CC

Degree Programs and Program Highlights

Colorado College offers a variety of undergraduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A). Complementing the B.A. program is the First Year Experience, which allows students to develop research, writing, analytical, and creative skills that are applied to the discipline or topic. Also available are special studies, interdisciplinary courses, and professional and cooperative programs for business, law, the health professions, military science and teacher preparation.

The College also offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), leading to both a master’s degree and teacher licensure.

The College’s Summer Session offers both on and off-campus undergraduate courses and graduate courses, as well as thematic institutes designed to integrate academic, practical, and professional experience.

For more information about the college’s academic program and requirements, click here

Satisfactory Progress

First- and second-year students are expected to earn at least six units of credit during each of their first two years. All other students (third and fourth year) are expected to earn at least seven out of the last eight units taken in any two consecutive semesters (spring and fall, fall and spring). Please see the Catalog of Courses for additional criteria related to satisfactory progress for all students in general and for students receiving financial aid in particular.

Plans for Enhancing the Academic Program

Colorado College has a strategic plan in place that supports its mission of providing the finest liberal arts education in the country. Highlights of the plan include establishment of a Center for Immersive Learning and Engaged Teaching, renovation of its library, and building a nationally recognized summer and half-block programs.


Faculty

Colorado College faculty serve as scholars, teachers and mentors. Our ratio of students to faculty is 10:1. For information on our faculty click here.

To view our faculty counts by primary function, as reported in College Navigator, click here. Please note that counts listed in College Navigator may lag due to time between institutional reporting and posting on the College Navigator site.


Instructional Facilities

For a list of instructional, laboratory, and other physical plant facilities that relate to the academic program click here.


Student Activities

For a list of some of the extracurricular activities, leadership and service opportunities available to students during their time at CC, click here.


Links to College Services

Facilities and services for students living with disabilities

Colorado College is committed to providing an accessible and inclusive experience for all students. The mission of Accessibility Resources at CC is to collaborate with the Colorado College community to ensure that all aspects of campus life are accessible, equitable, and inclusive for people who experience disabilities. For Academic Year 2016-17, approximately 16% of students were formally registered with Accessibility Resources. Click on the following links to find more information about accessibility (elevators and power assisted doors as examples), academic resources (such as assistive listening devices and other technology), and career resources.

Career Services

The College Career Center offers professional development services and programs to students, including internship and job search assistance. Colorado College does not offer placement services. For more information click here.

Children's Center

In partnership with the families, faculty, staff and students of Colorado College, the Colorado College Cheryl Schlessman Bennett Children’s Center provides early care and education center that supports excellence in learning that is an integral part of the campus community.


Student Body Characteristics & Diversity

Colorado College values all persons and seeks to learn from their diverse experiences and perspectives. To view information on student body diversity at the college, including information on the percentage of enrolled, full-time students by gender, self-identified membership in a major racial or ethnic group, and Federal Pell Grant recipient status, click here. Also included in this section is:

  • The number of degree or certificate-seeking undergraduates who have transferred from another institution a Information regarding the home origin of first time, full time, degree or certificate seeking undergraduates
  • The total number of undergraduate students who applied, were admitted and enrolled
  • The middle 50% range test scores of the most current enrolled freshman class.

Privacy of Student Records - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law put in place to protect the privacy of student education records, which gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records before the age of 18. Additionally, schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, and dates of attendance.

For more information on release of student record or personally identifiable information, or what the College has designated directory information click here. For a request form to suppress directory information, click here.

For Parent's Guide to FERPA, click here.


 Transfer of Credit Policies

Colorado College accepts transfer credit for previous college work done by students and also awards academic credit for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB). To view the College's policy on transferring credit from other institutions, click here. For information on AP credit, IB credit or college study done during secondary school, click here. For information on credits earned through off-campus programs click here.


Copyright Infringement, File Sharing, & College Policies and Procedures for Handling Violations

Copyright and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

Copyright is legal protection of intellectual property, granted by law, to the owners of copyright. Types of works that are covered by copyright law include (but are not limited to), textual works (such as poetry, novels, articles), music, films, photographs, computer software, digital works, and architecture. This covers all forms of a work, including its digital transmission and subsequent use.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), signed into law in 1998, was an effort by Congress to update U.S. copyright law for the digital age. It addresses a number of issues including the circumvention of access protection systems, fair use in a digital environment, and online service provider liability.

Policies and Sanctions Regarding Copyright infringement

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement. Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office.

Click here for more information on the college's policies with respect to unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, including disciplinary actions that are taken against students who engage in unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using the college's information technology system as well as our Acceptable Use Policy. Click here for our policy summary, annually distributed to the campus community.

Technological Deterrents 

The College uses a system (Procera® Networks, Inc.) that classifies all traffic heading to and from the college. This uses network objects, service and protocol objects, firewall and shaping objects to create firewall rules that allow the college to manage traffic, including blocking any traffic that is classified as peer-to-peer. As part of the college's subscription, it receives real-time, automatic updates of new peer-to-peer networks to be blocked.

Alternatives to illegal downloading and file sharing

There are many alternatives to illegal file sharing and downloading. EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association focused on information technology in higher education, offers a list of legally downloadable online content. This list can be viewed here.

Plagiarism

Though plagiarism is wrongfully taking others' thoughts, writing, productions or expressions of others and representing them as one's own work.  Per U.S. law, words and original ideas are considered intellectual property and are protected by copyright law. This is not limited to writing, and includes images, music, and videos. For more information on plagiarism (such as what it is, its consequences and how to avoid it), click here to view a guide provided by Accredited Schools Online.


 Teacher Preparation Program Report

Each institution must annually provide a Teacher Preparation Program Report to the state and to the general public which includes goals and assurances, pass rates, program information, and other items. States submit to the Department of Education, and make available to the public, an annual report containing institutional and state-level information. To view the most recent report submitted to the state, click here.