Frequently Asked Questions
CONSORTIUM FOR CHRISTIAN ONLINE EDUCATION
Frequently Asked Questions
How many classes are offered through the Consortium?
There are currently 12 classes. By the spring of 2016 there will be 14 classes available. Others will be added in coming semesters. All Consortium classes have undergone a process of revision and upgrading, and some classes not previously offered by the Consortium are being added.
How does the process of taking a Consortium class work?
Students enroll through the college of their choice. They pay that college’s tuition and receive credit from that college. The Consortium Coordinator works with HIU to ensure that students are properly registered in their class(es). For purposes of these classes, students are considered dual enrolled at their respective college and HIU. All classes are conducted online, where students connect with their teachers, view the syllabus, watch lectures, and do assignments. Upon completion of the course, HIU will provide a transcript of credit and grades to the school in which the student is enrolled.
Are these classes accredited?
Yes. For accreditation purposes, Consortium courses are incorporated into the HIU list of course offerings within the appropriate College of the University. Each Consortium course will have undergone evaluation and revision to ensure compliance with Regional and ABHE accrediation guidelines and standards of distance learning excellence.
Who teaches these classes?
Consortium professors represent a variety of schools. These men and women have extensive teaching experience, both in the U.S. and other countries. Almost all have doctorates, and all are known for their expertise in their respective areas.
How is the Consortium administered?
The Consortium employs a Coordinator and a Field Representative, both part-time. A board of directors composed of college administrators, teachers, and distance learning specialists provides oversight and direction. Currently Hope International University in Fullerton, CA provides hosting facilities for the Consortium, as well as technical support.
What are the benefits of Consortium classes?
Students benefit from the FLEXIBILITY of online learning, ACCESS to classes and/or professors otherwise unavailable, INTERACTION with students from a variety of other schools, and OPPORTUNITY to take a course even if they’re the only one from their school enrolled in that particular class. Colleges gain access to additional professors and the flexibility of classes in an online format.
How is the Consortium funded?
As noted above, a student pays whatever the tuition rate is at his or her respective college. Of that total, 50% is retained by the student's school, while the other 50% is remitted by the school to the Consortium to cover the cost of faculty compensation, employee compensation, technical fees, and various expenses involved in the administration of the program.
When and for how long are Consortium classes offered?
All classes are offered in an 8-week format. Classes are offered in two blocks in the fall and spring, and there is also a block in the summer. However, not every class is offered in every block. Check the listing on the website for classes to be offered in any given block.