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 August 2013

Celebrating 40 years

The AHE division and Columbia College-St. Louis, the first Nationwide Campus, commemorate their anniversaries.

Aug. 29 will mark the 40th anniversary celebration of both Columbia College’s adult higher education division and the Columbia College-St. Louis campus.

Columbia College operated as a single campus in Columbia, Mo., for 122 years before extending access to coursework at other locations. During the 1972-73 academic year, the college responded to requests from St. Louis Army recruiters looking for flexible education opportunities by forming the Extended Studies Division (ESD). The St. Louis campus was the first launched by ESD, which offered its first courses in 1973.

Originally located at the Army Reserve Personnel Center, Columbia College-St. Louis now serves adult learners at its campus on Woodson Road.

Over time, ESD transformed into the Division of Adult Higher Education (AHE), extending its reach both to civilian and military adult students in all corners of the country, now including the Online, Evening and 34 Nationwide Campuses.

The 40th anniversary will be observed at every campus Aug. 29. The date was selected to coincide with the rededication of a remodeled Columbia College-St. Louis, the place where it all started. The St. Louis campus will celebrate with an open house and a ribbon cutting.


• 1972-73 ESD is formed at the main campus
• 1973 The first Nationwide Campus opens in St. Louis
• 1975 Evening Campus opens at the main campus
• 1998 Columbia College-NS Everett/Marysville is the first Nationwide Campus to offer graduate courses
• 2000 Online Campus is formed
• 2005 ESD becomes AHE
• 2009 Columbia College-San Diego becomes the 34th Nationwide Campus