Frequently Asked Questions



Frequently Asked Questions

How many classes are offered through the Consortium?

As of fall 2012, there are 19 classes.

How long has the Consortium been in existence? How many students have enrolled?

The Consortium began in 1999. In its 13-year history, over 5,500 students have enrolled for Consortium classes.

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. All classes are conducted online, where students connect with their teachers, view the syllabus, watch lectures, and do assignments. The Consortium also provides, to those who request it, CD’s or DVD’s containing the video lectures for each course.

Is the Consortium a separate educational entity?

No, the Consortium serves the colleges as an adjunct, providing courses which a given college might not necessarily offer in its curriculum. The Consortium is not a degree-granting institution, nor does it offer any major or minor emphases.

Are these classes accredited?

Since the Consortium is not an educational entity in itself, accreditation takes place through the college where a student is enrolled.

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 Technical Administrator. A board of directors composed of academic deans, teachers, and distance learning directors provides oversight and direction. Currently Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO provides facilities as the host school for the Consortium.

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 accessto 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 school, while 25% is paid to the teacher and 25% goes to the Consortium.

When and for how long are Consortium classes offered?

All classes are offered in both fall and spring semesters for 14 weeks. Most of the classes are offered in the summer, in an intensive eight-week format.

What colleges have offered these courses?

For a list of participating schools to date, click here.