Colorado Christian University, with seven locations throughout Colorado, offers what is called a “Cohort Model” of learning for CCU’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies students. Under the cohort model, you join a group of students and take classes, study and complete class assignments and work as a team throughout your degree program. The courses for your degree of study are offered one at a time in a pre-determined sequence until full completion.
The cohort model of learning offers an intellectually stimulating learning atmosphere and creates a sense of community amongst members of the cohort. Research has even indicated that students who were part of a cohort model of learning experienced higher graduation rates, felt a greater sense of community with the peers in their cohort group, and due to the structured natures of the courses, cohort student seem better able to plan their degree program of study.
The Christian tradition has long been a fan of the cohort program of learning; the New Testament gives examples of believers who gathered in communal settings to study scripture and for create a feeling of fellowship. The Book of Acts and the Book of Hebrews both encouraged the spirit of collaboration amongst fellow man. Imagine how wonderful it would be to feel you were earning your degree right alongside others who had similar goals, dreams and lifestyles as you? You would never feel “alone,” and you would almost always have access to other people in your degree program to share ideas with, get help with difficult subjects and create and atmosphere of trust and togetherness.
Though we have touched upon many of these briefly, let’s take a look at the benefits of the cohort experience at CCU:
- Strong sense of community/togetherness
- Exposure to a variety of perspectives
- Increased graduation rates
- Spiritual growth
- Participation in a personal and professional network
- Guarantee of coursework–With the CCU cohort model, you’re ensured a well-rounded education because there’s a structured plan for your classes. You will always know that the next class in the sequence necessary will always be open to you. That will give you peace of mind to focus on your studies.
The cohort experience begins at varying times at CCU, usually dependent upon your degree program. As an adult undergrad, your cohort would begin after all of your general education and elective credits have been fulfilled. Cohort programs begin when you start your “core course” curriculum, like the 300 and 400 level classes at CCU.
The great news is that the cohort experience is even available for online classes! When taken one at a time, cohort classes usually run five weeks for undergrads and seven weeks for grad students. If, for some reason, you must miss a number of classes, you will most likely have to rejoin another cohort group at a later time.