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Cohorts

CO-HORT: a division of a Roman legion, from 300 to 600 soldiers

Our cohorts will be from 20 to 100 students who start our program at about the same time and take same set of courses. This approach offers many educational advantages for the students:

  • same interests in systems engineeering allowing us to tailor required courses and to offer appropriate electives;
  • collaboration with many students within each cohort, to enhance peer-to-peer learning;
  • familiarity with other students who start the program at same time and take similar classes;
  • same employer or sponsor who focuses our educational goals and expands project possibilities;
  • selection of instructors and advisors who know professional and technical backgrounds of students;
  • stable financial planning for both the student and the program.

Groups of Cohorts
We are a formally-approved graduate program at Portland State University (PSU).  PSU is on the quarter system, 10-11 week terms, offered four times per year.  We use these quarter terms to synchronize the learning experience among students.  With cohorts, we plan to go one step further.  New students will be started several times per year, with the expectation that one cohort follows a similar study plan for their entire degree.  As a consequence, a particular cohort will stay in phase and better achieve the advantages listed above.  We will use the term Group of Cohorts when referring to students with same sponsor and same areas of interest, but may have started at different times.

I Recognize My Cohort
The process of establishing cohorts involves several steps, but is relatively straightforward.  We often start with an employer or a sponsor.  An employer or sponsor may be in position to fund some or all of a student's education, and their common interests provide us focus on tailoring courses and projects.  Discussions with the sponsoring organization will involve considerations to accommodate specific needs of students in a cohort.  The links shown on the left represent a cross section of groups of cohorts.

Questions or Comments?
The director of Systems Engineering, Herman Migliore
miglioh@pdx.edu