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Consortium Courses

Washington Area Consortium Program & Courses

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.

Appropriate Reasons for Consortium Program Participation Include:

o   Augment/enhance a student's degree program
o   Challenge a student visiting another school with different class structure/environment
o   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.

Consortium Course Eligibility

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 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.

Students are responsible to abide by the policies and restrictions of the program. 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 Consortium course cross registration program are given below:

Consortium Course Cross Registration Eligibility for Undergraduate Career Students:

To qualify for a course through the 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 Consortium Advisor (Thelma Schroeder - Academic Advising Office) and program dean.

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

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:

    • Be an active degree-seeking student at Gallaudet University
    • Be in good academic standing
    • Have good campus and financial standing
    • 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 consortium institution. 

Consortium Cross Registration Process

Complete the Consortium Authorization form(s) - one per institution and obtain the required approval  signatures and submit the form 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 to the Consortium Coordinator to provide to the host institution with your official request.  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/contracting interpreters (by their policies/procedures) and are paid by the host institution. Most institutions now provide all catalogs, schedules and program department information online.

Questions or concerns about the Consortium Program or process can be directed to the Consortium Coordinator at the Registrar's Office.

Most institutions now provide all catalogs and schedules online along with department program information.

The Consortium of the Washington Metro Area membership includes:

    • American University
    • The Catholic University of America
    • Corcoran College of Art and Design
    • Gallaudet University
    • George Mason University
    • Georgetown University
    • The George Washington University
    • Howard University
    • Marymount University
    • National Defense Intelligence College *
    • National Defense University *
    • Trinity University
    • The University of the District of Columbia
    • The University of Maryland College Park

* Cross registration at these military institutions is by special articulation agreement and not open to general cross registration with all member institutions.

Policies and procedures may change periodically. Please contact the Registrar's Office - Consortium Coordinator for any updates in policies, procedures or restrictions.

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

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