Return to: KAM Policies and Processes
Doctoral programs that require Knowledge Area Modules (KAMs) use a continuous enrollment model. When students first enroll in these programs, they are registered for a foundation course in graduate education. When they are ready to begin the KAM portion of their academic program, they are assigned a faculty mentor. Students are then automatically registered each term by the registrar’s office for a Research Forum, either SBSF 7100 or EDUC 8800 (in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership), which is directed by the faculty mentor.
After completion of required foundation course(s), KAM students take courses and write KAMs to complete their programs. Registration in a Research Forum is automatic; for all other courses in the KAM program, students must register using the online registration process. Students do not register for individual KAMs because these are undertaken as part of the Research Forum.
While providing students with the flexibility to advance at their own pace, the university expects that they will work continuously on their program requirements, making progress each quarter. Students are required to make an academic plan for each quarter (the Quarter Plan), which is approved by the faculty mentor and evaluated at the end of the term to assure that students are making academic progress. An explanation of appropriate academic progress and related grading is found in the Research Forum syllabus. The bursar’s office bills students each term for the Research Forum at the relevant tuition rate.