Adult Degree Program - St. Louis
At CMU's Adult Degree Program (ADP) in St. Louis, courses are offered in a format designed specifically for working adults. To accommodate students' busy schedules, classes are offered at several convenient locations. The curriculum is structured sequentially, with students taking one (1) course at a time and meeting one (1) class night per week. Most courses last from 5-7 weeks. CMU's one-time registration process is completed at the beginning of the student's program.
Adult Degree Program Design
Cohort Structure. The basic learning structure of the Adult Degree Program is a cohort—an active learning community of 14 to 22 students. Students are assigned to specific cohorts as the result of their interest in a particular degree program, location, and the timeframe within which they wish to pursue their education. The cohort schedule automatically incorporates the necessary courses to complete the program curriculum. The program is designed so that students will usually stay with the same cohort throughout their program. However, occasionally students may change cohorts as the result of their inability to attend class on a specific night or other personal reasons that are reviewed by the Administration on an individual basis. Additionally, students from other cohorts may join a cohort for a specific course. In some instances, cohorts may merge to complete the necessary prerequisites of their program.
Learning Teams. Learning teams are an integral part of the Adult Degree Program educational model. Typically, learning teams consist of 3–5 students. The assignments are designed to be completed by groups with 3–5 members. Class size, work schedules, and/or geographic barriers often may require group sizes to vary from the ideal 3–5 members. Learning teams have the flexibility to choose their meeting place and how they meet. Teams may meet face-to-face, in a structured on-line "learning team club," or in combination. Participation in the learning team is a required element of the program. Learning teams function as mutual support mechanisms through which students can learn more efficient problem-solving techniques from the professional expertise of peers, and a portion of each course evaluation/grade is based on the group performance. Additionally, most courses require a group project in the form of a written and/or oral report, presented to the class for discussion and critique. The ability to incorporate each member's participation becomes the responsibility of all group members and is reflected in students' grades.
Variety of Instructional Formats. Teaching strategies in the Adult Degree Program include seminars, small groups, simulations, experiential learning, presentations, problem solving, and brainstorming. Case studies and research projects are used extensively.
Adult Degree Program Calendar. The ADP's 12-month academic year enables students to enter the program during any given month. Each student is given a cohort class schedule at registration. This schedule contains a complete list of classes and their meeting dates for the student's group. In general, all classes meet on the same evening throughout the program. Be aware that CMU's administrative offices observe the following holidays:
- Labor Day (Mon., Sept. 2, 2013)
- Thanksgiving (Nov. 27-29, 2013)
- Christmas Break (Dec. 23, 2013—Jan. 1, 2014)
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Mon., Jan. 20, 2014)
- Presidents' Day (Mon., Feb. 17, 2014)
- Good Friday (April 18, 2014)
- Memorial Day (Mon., May 26, 2014)
- Independence Day (Fri., July 4, 2014)