Graduate Regulations

Cohort Instructional Format: Special Consideration


William Woods University is one of a number of graduate-level institutions that employs the “cohort instructional format” as an instructional delivery system. Unlike traditional residency-based delivery models which allow concurrent enrollment in several courses over rather protracted periods - typically semesters-the cohort model requires consecutive or serial enrollment in several concentrated, highly focused, and accelerated courses of from 6 to 8 weeks in duration (depending upon the program) for 60 to 80 weeks (depending upon the program). The model involves student study groups as a required and critical element, and students in a specific cohort move through the entire degree sequence as a cohesive group. Continuity and sequence are critical in the cohort instructional format. Consequently, unannounced withdrawal from a class within a cohort is equal to program withdrawal, since it usually necessitates waiting for a subsequent cohort to reach the point at which withdrawal took place to resume study.

Because cohort content is continuously updated, students wishing to resume study after withdrawal may be subjected to program, degree, and content requirements instituted to their initial enrollment. (Ordinarily cohort students are eligible for Academic Leave only when they can reenter another cohort subject to the same requirements and incorporating the same content as the cohort group from which they withdrew; or, in unusual circumstances, resume study with the original cohort.)

Cohort students considering interruptions of study are strongly urged to consult their program director and the Advisor prior to interruption to insure they are thoroughly aware of the implications and possible consequences of interruption. Revised 08/24/2010