Consortium Programs at Gallaudet University

Gallaudet University participates in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metro Area (CUWMA), the Consortium of Online Colleges and Universities (OCICU), study abroad Consortium cross registration with Siena School of Art in Italy* and study abroad Consortium exchange program with UFSI  in Brazil*.

*SPECIAL APPLICATION PROCESS AND RESTRICTIONS APPLY - Special cross registration and preparations with program parent departments, International Services Office and the Registrar's Office required.

Consortium Programs Quick Reference

CUWMA

Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metro Area.  Gallaudet University is a participating member of this local Washington, DC area higher education Consortium program.  This program provides the opportunity for students enrolled in eligible degree programs at one Consortium member institution to register for a course at another member institution - dramatically increasing the number of available course options.  Restrictions to programs and courses apply. Refer to the Registrar's Office web link for complete Consortium information.

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

To qualify for a course through the CWUMA 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.

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 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.

All policies for the home and host institution are adhered to. CUWMA authorization forms for UG/G students available at the Registrar's web link as well as in the Registrar's Office.

QuestionsContact Registrar's Consortium Coordinator.

OCICU - for Gallaudet UG degree students

Online Consortium of Independent Colleges & Universities - GU is a participating member of OCICU. Undergraduate* level online courses are offered by other accredited consortium member colleges and universities. OCICU courses are offered in an accelerated format, usually eight weeks long. Students register for OCICU courses, pay tuition, and receive grades through GU just as they would any other courses at GU.

OCICU courses are offered in an accelerated format, usually five or eight weeks long. Students register for OCICU courses, pay tuition, and receive grades through GU just as they would any other courses at GU. *Some graduate level courses are available to graduate career students.  

Requirements:

  • Be a degree seeking student
  • Be in good academic, campus and financial standing at GU
  • Be able to have unlimited access to a computer with internet
  • Verify that your computer meets the minimum system requirements established by the provider institution of OCICU so that you can fully access the online environment.
  • Have permission from your program advisor and the Director of Distance Education and in some circumstances the dean's permission (refer to process information below).

Graduate level courses are available to graduate career students.   

PROCESS: Complete student sections of the OCICU Authorization form and sign all OCIC student request and commitment areas.  Have your academic advisor sign their permission and the commitment included.  If you have requested more than one (1) OCICU course in a semester, your program dean must also grant permission.  Exceeding the maximum credits for a semester will also require the dean's signature approval.  

OCICU Authorization Form

QuestionsContact Registrar's Consortium Coordinator.

OCICU - for Gallaudet ADCP students

Gallaudet Adult Degree Program - - Degree Completion - using GU and OCICU online course for degree completion.  This online degree completion service is for Adult Learners who have accumulated 80 hours of college credits toward a bachelor's degree, either at Gallaudet or at other institutions, and who elect to transfer to Gallaudet to successfully finish that degree.  Refer to information for OCICU program above and at Registrar's Office Consortium information link.

Questions - Contact/Email the ADCP Program Director.

SIENA School Study

Siena Study Abroad (Siena School - Italy) - Gallaudet University has an affiliation Consortium program with Siena School in Italy for course cross registration and study abroad experience for deaf students. Refer to catalog and full information and Consortium study benefits.

Questions - Contacts: deafstudies@sienaschool.com  - Consortium Coordinator: Barbara.Proctor@gallaudet.edu

Siena Course Request Authorization

Siena course authorization request form for cross registration into courses offered in Siena, Italy as resident credit on student's academic record. 

See Consortium Coordinator in the Registrar's Office for GU student forms and guidance.

BRAZIL - Study Abroad

UFSC Study Abroad - This program allows for Consortium benefits for a student during an academic semester. Refer to catalog and full Consortium information.

Contact ITP Department Chair & Consortium Coordinator in the Registrar's Office

CUWMA  - 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.  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 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 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: o   Be a full-time active degree-seeking student at Gallaudet University o   Be in good academic standing (GPA of 3.0 is advisable) o   Have good campus and financial standing o   Have completed all non-degree condition courses. o   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.

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.

CUWMA Consortium Cross Registration Process

Review all program/course restrictions called 'exclusions' on chart - open this link- Consortium Cross Registration Exclusions Complete the CUWMA 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 is paid by the host institution. Most institutions now provide all catalogs, schedules and program department information online.


Questions or concerns about the CUWMA Consortium Program or process can be directed to 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.

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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