Graduate Cohort program

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One of the most unique aspects of the graduate Conditional Admissions Program is the Cohort program.

What is a cohort?

A “cohort” is a small group of students — in this case, usually 6-10 students — who are placed in a group together. These students will participate in the Cohort program together, building the academic, social, leadership and cultural skills necessary to be successful in an American university.

In the graduate Conditional Admissions Program, the Cohort curriculum is adapted so that it meets the advanced needs of a student who plans to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree in the U.S.

Learn more about CAP Cohort

Graduate cohort program
Purpose of Cohort

The purpose of the Cohort is:

  • To help students to develop strong bonds of trust among fellow cohort members
  • To provide a more seamless transition to full-time university life
  • To ensure that the linguistic, academic, and cross-cultural skills that are developed at the ELI will continue to be used by the students throughout their entire academic career
Which students must do Cohort?
  • Students who have obtained a conditional admission to the University of Delaware or to any of our partner universities or colleges at the undergraduate or graduate level (i.e., “CAP students”);
  • Students who have applied for conditional admission to the  University of Delaware or to any of our partner universities or colleges at the undergraduate or graduate level (i.e., “Pre-CAP students”); and
  • Students who plan to attend university after completing their ESL coursework (optional).
Faculty advisors & university student mentors

Each cohort is assigned a faculty advisor and a student mentor. They assist the students with developing the knowledge and characteristics that are necessary for university success–beyond language skills–such as:

  • Developing an attitude that values the learning process as much as the learning product (grades, diploma)
  • Building meaningful cross-cultural relationships
  • Understanding the university’s institutional culture
  • Using the university’s resources creatively and effectively
  • Learning different facets of being a leader
  • Developing a passion for volunteerism through service learning activities

Mentors help students with learning beyond the classroom environment. They will lead students through a series of progressively challenging academic, social, and service activities that increasingly immerse the students into all dimensions of university life.

For example, cohort members and their American mentor will join clubs, do community service, and discuss the content of interesting books together. They will develop close relationships that will become an important part of the CAP students’ educational experience.

Cohort retreat

Developing strong bonds between members of each cohort is of critical importance for this program.

In order to help the students to begin that process, the ELI organizes an initial weekend getaway (i.e.,a retreat) during the students’ first session of study. This retreat will focus on team-building activities, helping the members of the cohort to get to know each other and to learn to support and encourage one another.

We invite you to watch our video to learn more about the Cohort Weekend Retreat!

"CAP Connect" course

Students will spend several hours each week working on a series of progressively challenging academic, social, and service tasks that increasingly immerse the students into all dimensions of university life. These courses are given in collaboration with other departments at the University of Delaware (e.g., Admissions, Residential Life, Counseling, Office for International Students and Scholars, Academic Enrichment, etc.).

Focus on personal, academic & team development

Each cohort will focus on activities for self-development, academic development, and team development. The students will undertake tasks that will:

  1. Require more intensive, extensive, and sustained reading with the outcome of greater student ability to analyze and synthesize information both in written and oral forms with active discussion involvement;
  2. Develop their awareness of self, abilities, interests, future goals and possible pathways;
  3. Develop their leadership and conflict management skills while experiencing cooperative learning and living with others;
  4. Create active, purposeful connections with the members of the university community, academic services, advisors, and professors;
  5. Create ELI partnerships across the campus and larger community of Newark and Delaware.

To develop these skills, Cohort is undertaken in three phases (see next section).

Traits of a successful CAP student

Phases of Cohort

The focus of Cohort is to help the students with three different types of development: self-development, academic development, and team development. To that end, the program unfolds in phases:

Phase I

Students enter Phase I when they arrive at the ELI and enter the beginner or intermediate levels of study (Level I through Level IV). They will focus on developing the skills detailed below during approximately two hours, three days per week.

Self-Development

Academic Development

Team Development

Fundamentals of effective leadership

Learning Styles

Journaling/Blogs

Time Management

Thinking about my major

Student Services and Counseling Center workshops

Word processing, PowerPoint, Prezi, workshops

University awareness

Mini-fair of Registered Student Organizations (RSOs)

Plagiarism workshops from ELI and UD faculty

Study skills workshops from Academic Enrichment Center

Intensive Reading /Book Clubs (cohort members reading the same fiction and nonfiction books)

Course Observation with reflection and follow-on Q/A with faculty

Retreat

Campus “Scavenger Hunts”

Service Learning Groups

Weekly Team planned events

Peer mentoring

Clubs and Intramurals

Cultural Events

Guest Lectures

Phase II

Students enter Phase II as they enter the advanced levels of study at the ELI (Levels V and VI). They will focus on developing the skills detailed below during approximately 1-2 hours, 3 days per week.

Self-Development

Academic Development

Team Development

Practicing effective leadership

Strengths 2.0

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test (MBTI)

Journaling/Blogs

Networking

Choosing my major

Roommate etiquette

Cultural etiquette

Clubs, intramurals

Student Service and Counseling Center workshops

Workshops with the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS)

Residence Life Workshops and RA Panel

Workshops: Clickers, Sakai

Learning university culture (asking profs questions, class participation, asking questions in class)

Minoring/Double Majoring

Panel Discussions

  • Academic advisors
  • UD professors
  • Delaware International Ambassadors (DIAs)

Plagiarism workshops from E110 profs

Study skills workshops from Academic Enrichment Center

Workshops: Reading, Listening, Note-taking

Portfolio development

Library orientations

Course/Lab Observations

Retreat

Campus “Scavenger” Hunts

Service Learning Groups

Weekly Team planned events

Peer mentoring and mentoring of those in lower levels

Conferences

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