The Cohort Study Model
A cohort program is characterized by a unitary group of students, all following a fully-planned curriculum according to a common schedule, and taught by a faculty team. While there will be specialist subjects for individual students (i.e. the Professional Track), all share a common set of learning goals and follow a common central study program.
The students come to the program with diverse backgrounds and educations – some with a prior business degree, some with liberal arts or engineering. This will mean that some are better prepared than others for each of the subjects covered in the cohort program.
Students will enroll as a group in blocks of study, each block including courses and modules in various subjects. Evaluation will be based for each individual on his or her overall performance for that block. The faculty will be aware of the material covered in all courses and modules, enabling each professor to tailor course coherent into a coherent whole.
The cohort program permits flexible scheduling, with courses which vary in length. The schedule will vary from week to week, often depending on the timing of visiting professors or experts.