Core Program Elements

Based on the Core Concept from the previous page, we have developed a number of essential Core Elements that can be found in our programs.

In Program Months

  • Every degree program receives 12 In Program months per Action Learning Cycle (ALC). This does not apply to diploma programs.
  • The maximum number of total months allowed to complete one ALC for all programs is 48 months

Attendance

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  • Certified Permaculture Design Course: either a prerequisite or required during the first ALC for all degree programs in the Integrative Ecosocial Design pathway and for the International Diploma of Permaculture Design
  • Online Orientation: All program associates complete the full 6-month Online Orientation
  • Content Workshops: Only required for degree program associates is a content workshop of their choosing at the beginning of each ALC (except the first one). Since associate interests are so varied, we decided to make this a requirement but not add it to tuition fees to give you the flexibility to choose the workshop that best suits your learning path and to negotiate participation fees, including arranging work trade
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  • Action Learning Guild Meetings: Receiving and giving ongoing peer support is a keystone for a successful program. We recommend meeting on a regular basis but minimally require that you attend at least one guild meeting per Output Packet and that you submit meeting notes with that OP

Advising

For a description of these services click here.

Advising Services

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For a detailed description of Output Packets follow this link.

All programs require for you to submit 5 Output Packets (OP) per ALC. OP1 is split into OP1a and 1b in ALC1 and for all degree program Capstone Phase ALCs. Variation between the programs occurs in the quantity and quality requirements for each program level.

Presentations

  • Middle-of-Year (MoY) Presentations
    • Focuses on presenting one of your projects to your peers, guests, and advisor
    • Length: 30-minutes total – 20-minute presentation, 10-minute Q&A and feedback
    • Required for all degree program associates
  • End-of-Cycle (EoC) Presentations
    • Focuses on presenting your cycle's pathway and process to your peers, guests, and advisor
    • Length: 90-minutes total – 45-minute presentation, 15-minute Q&A and 30-minute feedback
    • Required for all degree program associates
    • Required for diploma program associates in the MoY pattern (30 min) for ALC1 and in the EoC pattern (90 min) for ALC2

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Additional Services

  • For Degree Programs
    • ALC Wrap-up: An end-of-cycle review process you will undergo with your Main Advisor to assure that you have met all your requirements and that your portfolio is ready for the DAS Review
    • Director of Advisory Services (DAS) Review: A final quality assurance step prior to sending your portfolio to Internal or External Review
    • Internal Review: A review performed by a Certified or Senior Gaia U Advisor to assess portfolio quality and certify grading. This in-depth review of the cycle's work gives an added perspective to your achievements and challenges and supports you in the formulation of your learning intentions and pathway design for the following ALC
    • External Review: In the Capstone Phase of all degree programs, your portfolio undergoes an extensive review by a member of our External Review Board, who provides a written report. This is a critical component of the quality assurance system of Gaia University and our accreditation agency, IMC. Our External Reviewers are carefully selected for their high academic and professional standing, extensive higher educational review experience, as well as their understanding and support of transformative action learning. An associate may not graduate until their portfolio has received a satisfactory evaluation in External Review.
  • For Diploma Programs
    • Internal Review: A review performed by a Certified or Senior Gaia U Advisor to assess portfolio quality and certify grading. This in-depth review of the cycle's work gives an added perspective to your achievements and challenges and supports you in the formulation of your learning intentions and pathway design for the following ALC or certifies you for graduation.