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Cohort Model

A defining characteristic of the UMHB EdD is the cohort model. A cohort typically refers to a group of students that enter a program together and remain together throughout its duration. The cohort model emerged in the 1990’s as a popular framework for educational leadership programs (Scribner & Donaldson, 2001). This model accommodates adult learners due to a clear programmatic structure that offers a supportive group of classmates (Norris & Barnett, 1994; Reynolds & Hebert, 1998). Research has also found that this supportive and interactive learning climate leads to increased student interactions and interdependence, increased student involvement and improved critical thinking skills (Norris & Barnett, 1994; Yerkes, Basom, Norris & Barnett, 1995; Reynolds & Hebert, 1995; Reynolds & Hebert, 1998). In addition, the incorporation of the cohort model into the UMHB EdD allows for a significant networking to occur between doctoral students. This environment truly fosters networking as research shows cohort learning to increase student feelings of belonging, confidence, motivation towards group tasks and group processing skills (Yerks et al., 1995; Twale & Kochan, 2000).

The UMHB EdD cohorts target currently practicing and aspiring education professionals in the P-12 and higher education environments. Such a diverse cohort, consisting of qualified professionals from "the trenches," strengthens the learning climate for both the official program content and the unofficial curriculum of professional relationships.

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  • Reynolds, K. C., & Hebert, F. T. (1995). Cohort formats and intensive schedules: Added involvement and interaction for continuing higher education. The Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 43(3), 34–41.
  • Reynolds, K. C., & Hebert, F. T. (1998). Learning achievements of students in cohort groups. The Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 46(3), 34–42.
  • Scribner, J. P., & Donaldson, J. F. (2001). The dynamics of group learning in a cohort: From nonlearning to transformative learning. Educational Administration Quarterly, 37(5), 605–636.
  • Twale, D. J., & Kochan, F. K. (2000). Assessment of an Alternative Cohort Model For Part-Time Students in an Educational Leadership Program. Journal of School Leadership, 10(2), 188–208.
  • Yerkes, D., Basom, M.D., Norris, C., and Barnett, B. (1995, August). Using cohorts in The development of educational leaders. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Management (Vancouver, Canada).