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School of Public Service

At the School of Public Service, we transform passionate learners into community leaders in the fields of nursing, criminal justice, and education. Here, your commitment meets our dedication, translating academic knowledge into public value. Whatever your area of study, we provide you with the skills and knowledge to make a meaningful difference in your community and beyond.

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Meet Dean Kristi Clevenger

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Dean Clevenger has spent her career focused on the college experience. She got her start at the University of Missouri-Columbia, working for 13 years in residential life, academic advising, and career services. She also directed a program there that sent more than 200 undergraduate tutors into local schools to assist children with reading and math. Through these experiences she developed a passion for student learning, and how experiences both in and out of the classroom contribute to overall student development.

In 2007 she brought that passion to Columbia College, joining the faculty as a member of the Education department. She taught undergraduate and graduate students both in the classroom and online, and served in a variety of leadership roles as well, including department chair, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Faculty Association President.

We Prepare You For Success

Success doesn't just happen, our degrees will prepare you for it.

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100 %

job placement for 2023 Spring education graduates

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92 %

pass rate on the 2021 NCLEX

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Shaping The World

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because a future built by you is a future built for you.

Too many people have been made to feel that higher education isn’t a place for them— that it is someone else’s dream. But we change all that. With individualized attention and ongoing support, we help you write a new story for the future where you play the starring role.