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Developmental Education Department

Chairperson: Celeste F. Bland

B.S., Family/Community Services
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH

M.A.Ed., College Student Personnel
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA

Office: Aquinas Hall 232
Phone: (614) 287-2582

Office Associate: Annie Peterson

Phone: (614) 287-5193

Our Mission

It is the mission of the Developmental Education Department to meet the needs of learners and prepare them for college-level courses while empowering them to succeed academically, personally, and professionally. We want learners to feel they belong and can succeed at Columbus State. To assist new learners with their transition from high school or to improve/enhance skills in the workplace, we offer a comprehensive range of academic instruction and support services. A strong commitment from students, coupled with the dedication of our faculty and staff, creates an environment that will help learners meet their educational and career goals. We want all learners to have a great beginning experience that translates into happy endings (graduation and/or promotion), and we have the academic instruction and top-notch support services to make that happen.

Our Goals

  • To provide an educational opportunity foreach learner.
  • To ensure proper placement by assessing each learner’s level of preparedness for college course work.
  • To teach each learner general and discipline-specific learning strategies so she/he will be successful in mainstream college courses.
  • To empower every learner with the necessary life skills to succeed academically, personally, and professionally.
  • To assist the college with the retention of students.
  • To embrace and welcome diversity inside and outside the classroom.

Academic Instruction

Advanced Reading College Success Skills
Basic Composition Intermediate Reading
Basic Grammar Master Math Pre-Algebra
Basic Mathematics Pre-Algebra
Basic Punctuation
Vocabulary Development

Top-Notch Support Services

Math Placement Advising Student Development
Tutorial Services 
Financial Aid Advising
Study Skills Workshops
Career Advising
Diagnostic Testing Learning Skills Center
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Contact Information

Department of Developmental Education
Aquinas Hall 215
Columbus State Community College
550 East Spring Street
Columbus, Ohio 43216

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Other Resource:
Testing Center