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Consortium Courses

Washington Area Consortium Program & Courses

CUWMA   - Washington Area Consortium Program - Gallaudet University participates in The Consortium of Universities and Colleges of the Washington Metro Area cross-registration program - a inter-institutional cross registration process which permits students enrolled in degree programs at one institution to request to register for an * approved course that is being offered at another a member participant institution.  This program has been used by Gallaudet students since the mid 1980's and has given our students a broader understanding and experience in higher education as well as supporting their degree studies.

Appropriate Reasons for CUWMA Consortium Program Participation Include: 

  • Augment/enhance a student's degree program
  • Challenge a student visiting another school with different class structure/environment
  • Broaden their college experience if doing well overall at Gallaudet  

Visit the various member institution main campus program and scheduling links using the CUWMA Web Link: http://www.consortium.org - Only main campus course offerings apply.  Limited online courses (includes courses which are generally offered on the main campus without special contracts) may be allowed (the host institution determines which online courses are allowed in the request process).

Interpreting requests are officially submitted by the Gallaudet Registrar's Office - Consortium Coordinator on behalf of the student when indicated/selected on the authorization request form.

CUWMA Consortium Participation Overview

Eligible students can benefit from this cooperative arrangement that is designed to permit the sharing of academic resources by member institutions. Students can request to enroll for courses that are not available at their home institutions at other institutions to augment their program of study. Students enrolled for courses in the CUWMA Consortium program count as resident credit at their home institution. Students pay their home institution's tuition and are fully responsible for paying any additional fees associated with certain courses (e.g. studio fees, lab fees, books, study materials, etc.).  Transportation and parking costs are also the sole responsibility of the student. Debt owed to a CUWMA Consortium institution for class/lab fees, parking fees/fines, library fines etc. will force a transcript block to be placed on the student's official record which will inhibit the release of a student's transcripts until the bill is cleared and proof given to the Consortium Coordinator. Students are responsible to abide by the policies and restrictions of the program. All students are expected to attend all class meetings.  Degree candidates must be aware that grades may not post in time for your current anticipated/applied date of graduation.  Incomplete grades are not encouraged in this program. Gallaudet policies and deadlines apply for any incomplete grade situation.  Gallaudet's eligibility criteria for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the CUWMA Consortium course cross registration program are given below:          

CUWMA Consortium Course Cross Registration Eligibility for Undergraduate Career Students:

To qualify for a course through the CUWMA consortium program, an undergraduate student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a full-time active degree-seeking student at Gallaudet University
  • Be in good academic standing (GPA of 3.0 is advisable)
  • Have good campus and financial standing
  • Have completed all non-degree condition courses.
  • Be at least a second-semester freshman. Undergraduate students (2nd semester freshman status through senior status) are typically allowed to request one course for cross-registration per semester unless special permission is given by the Gallaudet Undergraduate CUWMA Consortium Advisor (Thelma Schroeder - Academic Advising Office) and program dean.

For students taking a CUWMA Consortium course in their final semester before graduation: Be aware that the date of your graduation may need to be delayed if the required official grade report is not available in time for degree conferral.

NOTES:

  • Students requiring full-time credits in a semester for financial aid, VR, VA tuition assistance/support should not depend on any CUWMA course. 
  • Students need to realize that CUWMA course changes (cancellations, drop or course withdrawals) may impact their financial aid etc., degree requirements and campus residence status.
  • Incomplete grades follow home institution policies strictly but may defer to an 'F' grade by both institutions if not handled by the Consortium Coordinators in a timely manner.


CUWMA Consortium Course Cross Registration Eligibility for Graduate Career Students:


Graduate students requesting participation in the Consortium Cross Registration program may seek authorization with the following criteria met: o   Be an active degree-seeking student at Gallaudet University o   Be in good academic standing o   Have good campus and financial standing o   Permission from graduate academic department and the Dean of the Graduate School Generally, graduate students may register for no more than 50% of the credits taken for a semester at a CUWMA consortium institution.  An exception is made for doctoral students, who may register for up to 40% of their career credits at a consortium institution. Graduate students should not request undergraduate courses for degree requirement credits.

NOTES:

  • Students requiring full-time credits in a semester for financial aid, VR, VA tuition assistance/support should not depend on any CUWMA course. 
  • Students need to realize that CUWMA course changes (cancellations, drop or course withdrawals) may impact their financial aid etc., degree requirements and campus residence status.
  • Incomplete grades follow home institution policies strictly but may defer to an 'F' grade by both institutions if not handled by the Consortium Coordinators in a timely manner.


CUWMA
 Consortium Cross Registration Process Information for ALL Participants

Review all program/course restrictions called 'exclusions' on chart - open this link- Consortium Cross Registration Exclusions  Complete the CUWMA Consortium Authorization form(s) - using one form per institution and obtain the required approval signatures.  Submit the completed form on time (with no less than five weeks' time prior to the start of the term/session) for best results.  If a course specifies permission is required - please pursue the permission and have that sent by the institution email (host institution's campus email) to the Consortium Coordinator.  This will allow the process to continue at GU if there are no GU policy or academic concerns and then the official request will be submitted to the host institution.  Some programs do not intend for courses to be accessible for Consortium students. Please check with the Consortium Coordinator to determine if a course or program course is restricted to the home institution program students only.

Interpreting services are requested on a student's behalf in the official cross registration request process between institutions. The visited school is responsible for providing interpreters (by their policies/procedures to contract interpreters) and interpreting services will be covered by the host institution. Most institutions now provide all catalogs, schedules and program department information online.

DEGREE CANDIDATES: Students taking a CUWMA Consortium course in their final semester before graduation need to be aware that the date of your graduation may need to be delayed if the required official grade report is not available in time for degree conferral.

Policies and procedures may change periodically.  For any updates in policies, procedures or restrictions or other questions or concerns about the CUWMA Consortium Program or process, contact the Consortium Coordinator at the Registrar's Office.

Most institutions provide catalogs and course schedules online along with campus maps, travel directions as well as academic department program information.

The Consortium of the Washington Metro Area Member Institutions

  • American University
  • The Catholic University of America
  • Gallaudet University
  • George Mason University
  • Georgetown University
  • The George Washington University
  • Howard University
  • Marymount University
  • National Intelligence College *
  • National Defense University *
  • Trinity Washington University
  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences **
  • The University of the District of Columbia
  • The University of Maryland   

* Cross registration at these military institutions is by special articulation agreements only. Not open to general cross registration with all member institutions. ** Restrictions by program & institution cross registration limits apply.

For more information about Consortium schools and their courses/programs available to Gallaudet students, go to Consortium Course/Programs.

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