Frequently Asked Questions
CONSORTIUM FOR CHRISTIAN ONLINE EDUCATION
Frequently Asked Questions
How many classes are offered through the Consortium?
As of fall 2014, there are 6 classes. Numerous others will be added in coming semesters. As we facilitate our new arrangement with Hope International University, current Consortium classes are undergoing a process of revision and upgrading, and some classes not offered before by the Consortium are being added.
How long has the Consortium been in existence? How many students have enrolled?
The Consortium began in 1999. In its 15-year history, over 6,000 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. The Consortium Coordinator, upon receiving information about each school's enrollees, will work with HIU to ensure that students are properly registered in their class(es). All classes are conducted online, where students connect with their teachers, view the syllabus, watch lectures, and do assignments.
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 itself is not a degree-granting institution, nor does it offer any major or minor emphases.
Are these classes accredited?
For accreditation purposes, Consortium courses will be 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 Recruiter, 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 used 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 both fall and spring semesters for 8 weeks. Hope offers online classes in two blocks each semester, and most Consortium classes will be available for both blocks in a given semester.
What colleges have offered these courses?
For a list of participating schools to date, click here.