Cooperative Education

Through Cooperative Education, Benedictine is blending the resources of the academic world and the business community to create students who are truly prepared for life.

Academic Achievement. Professional Practice.

Curriculum

The Cooperative Education curriculum at Benedictine University is based on specific principles that were adopted in 2014 by our strategy's work team. These principles guide the design of the curriculum's content and its method of delivery. The ideas of Benedictine hallmarks, interdisciplinary teaching, learning communities, problem-based learning and the broad inclusion of the students' work experiences among many disciplines on the campus strongly shape our curriculum's design. 

(Note: All Cooperative Education courses meet degree requirements for all majors. Participating in Cooperative Education will NOT delay graduation.)

COED 300 Foundations of Cooperative Education

2 credits: Counts toward general education electives
Based upon the personal Benedictine Hallmarks, this course is designed for newly accepted participants in Cooperative Education at Benedictine University. Course content will focus on preparing students to present their strengths, abilities and skills to an employer. Students will work on determining their career profile and becoming proficient in the skills necessary to be an effective team member for any employer. (Prerequisite: meet all admittance requirements and Division consent.)

COED 301 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Contemporary Issues

3 credits: Meets the requirements for an Interdisciplinary Seminar and is writing intensive (WI)
Based upon the personal Benedictine Hallmarks, students will identify, research and discuss emerging legal, social and political issues in the workplace, within the context of personality theory, individual styles and preferences and their impacts on the effectiveness of leaders to influence and change our culture. They strengthen problem-solving abilities and draft a personal strategy for communication and leadership. (Prerequisite: "B" or higher in COED 300 and Division consent.)

COED 390 Problem Solving Strategy and Workplace Portfolio I

3 credits: Meets the requirements of an elective.
Based upon the collaborative Benedictine Hallmarks,  this course trains students in the analysis and synthesis of data and ideas in a group setting for the purpose of creating a proposed set of solutions to a complex, ambiguous problem. The students will work in teams to determine what is known about a problem, to decide what needs to be known, and create a strategy for the collection of data related to the problem. After researching the needed data, the students will create a set of proposed solutions to the complex problem, including scenarios associated with the implementation of each. The students will select a preferred solution and present the rationale for its choice and include the rational for the exclusion of all other alternatives proposed. Students will develop a list of projects and outcomes associated with the work done for their employer, and present it in a format that may be used in their career development after graduation from Benedictine. (Prerequisite: "B" or higher in COED 301 and Division consent.)

COED 391 Problem Solving Strategy and Workplace Portfolio II

3 credits: Meets the requirements of an elective.
Based upon the collaborative Benedictine Hallmarks, this course continues the problem-based methodologies and completes the Cooperative Education student's work experience begun in COED 390. In group discussions, students will continue to review emerging, interdisciplinary issues with their employers or their employers' industries, sharing insights and challenges with their assigned projects and work performed. Students will complete a list of projects and outcomes associated with the work done for their employer, and present it in a format that may be used in their career development after graduation from Benedictine. (Prerequisite: "B" or higher in COED 390 and Division consent.)

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Entrance Requirements
  1. Full-time Benedictine University at Springfield student
  2. Junior standing
  3. 3.0 GPA or greater.
  4. Faculty recommendation
  5. Able to work up to 20 hours per week.
  6. Completed Cooperative Education application.
  7. Involvement in extracurricular activities on-campus is highly encouraged.
Cooperative Education Employer Partners

Our list of Cooperative Education employer partners continues to grow. Click here to see a current roster.

Bradley J. Warren

Executive Director, Office of Cooperative Education
217-525-1420 ext. 3573
bwarren@ben.edu

Benedictine University at Springfield

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