Congressional Fire Services Institute
Established in 1989 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute, the Congressional Fire Services Institute is designed to educate members of Congress about the needs and challenges of our nation’s fire and emergency services so that the federal government provides the types of training and funding needed by our first responders.
Members of Congress often turn to CFSI for its knowledge that penetrates the inner workings of Capitol Hill and the various facets of the fire and emergency services – from culture of the fire service and various associations that represents different disciplines to the technology and training being developed by industry. Because of our nonpartisan nature, CFSI is a proven source for accurate and objective information on fire service issues
CSU learning partners currently enjoy a 10% tuition discount and access to exclusive scholarships with the university. The partners listed below range from businesses to municipalities and first-response departments across the United States.
Welcome new partners:
- Central Coast Public Safety, Calif.
- Jackson Fire Department, Calif.
- Tarboro Police Department, N.C.
- Congressional Fire Services Institute, Washington, DC
- Wetumpka Police Department, Ala.
- ALA-TOM RC&D Council, Inc., Ala.
For more information on how to become a CSU learning partner, please visit www.columbiasouthern.edu/partners. You can also contact Christie Ball at Christie.Ball@columbiasouthern.edu or at 800-977-8449, Ext. 1330 to learn how your company, organization or department can save money on education!
To whom this may concern,
I am writing with regards to CSU’s current accreditation status. I graduated in 2010 with a 4.0 GPA using my VA VOC-REHAB benefits to pay for the cost. I have been finding it quite difficult to apply for graduate programs that do not accept CSU’s accreditation for acceptance. I have also most recently been denied advancements to positions that require a degree due to the accreditation of my degree. Is there any obtaining of the Regional Accreditation status for CSU in the near future? If not why would CSU not pursue the RA accreditation to assist with graduates in their quest to go on to higher levels of education. Although my experience with CSU was enjoyable for the most part, I am finding it extremely difficult to continue my education at the next level with a University that will accept my transcripts. I now will be starting as a Freshman at a “Traditional” University with my post 911/GI- Bill benefits in order to obtain a degree with RA status as only 2 classes were transferrable. This concerns me as a veteran that other veterans, and current active duty status members may not be well informed to the accreditation status of CSU that may be using their education benefits that they have paid into. I am asking for a response to this letter so that I may be better informed to the accreditation status of CSU and what their future plans are.
Sean, we hate to hear about your job searching troubles. CSU has started the process of seeking regional accreditation while also maintaining DEAC accreditation. This is a long process that can span over many years and involves many steps and approvals. As with any institution and accreditation, there are no guarantees to the final outcome and students should only base enrollment decisions on CSU as it is currently.
If you are having trouble finding job opportunities, we encourage you to reach out to CSU Career Services. They are equipped to help you find jobs and help with interview prep and resume work.