Cohorts & Doability


Assistant Director Shana Clatterbuck explains the cohort system.

Cohort Talk with Shana Clatterbuck
Briefing: The AU MBA Program operates on a cohort system, which Assistant Director Shana Clatterbuck explains.

What is a cohort?
The MBA Program is built upon a cohort-based system. When someone enrolls, we start him or her in a certain cohort. It’s partially dependent on your location and partially dependent on how far along in the program you are. This way, everyone in your cohort stays on track and the same group of people stays together.

Where are the cohorts?
Our current cohorts are in Anderson, Fishers, Carmel, Lawrence and Indy Northwest. Starting this fall, we’ll have a new cohort in Noblesville.

Why am I being placed in a cohort?
The benefit is that you can build relationships in the classroom, learn each other’s styles and ultimately help each other. We have many people come back to us and say, “I couldn’t have succeeded without the support from my cohort.”

Why should I care about cohorts?
Cohorts let us be unique in that we can figure out the schedules and develop tracks for our students. This way, you don’t need to worry about scheduling. On the other hand, it’s just a great support system and a good way to develop relationships. You always know who you can go to for help.


Being a doable program is something the AU MBA Program strives to maintain. We understand that our students come to us with families, full-time jobs and many other obligations. Here’s a few of our stories.

Deanna Dicken poses at graduation with her two children.

When alumna Deanna Dicken decided to enroll in the MBA Program, she had been considering it for a few years. She was married with two small children, and her job at the corporate office of ADESA was time-consuming—she often worked over 60 hours a week managing a team. Regardless, she began looking for MBA schools.

Since Purdue University was her previous alma mater, she considered them, but it would require her to take multiple weekend-long trips to Lafayette. When three of her co-workers signed up for Anderson University, she decided to join them.

“AU had a compelling offering with the location and timing—it was literally across the street from work,” said Deanna. “Plus, my boss was an AU alum and supported it. On top of all of that, the staff made the registrations and loans so easy to process that I didn’t have to go to the Anderson campus until graduation. It was hard starting over, but they really brought the classes to the students.”

Deanna’s favorite aspect of the AU MBA Program was the professors’ Christian attitudes.

“In corporate America, many people just see the taintedness,” said Deanna. “The Christian attitude and ethics set everything apart.”

Alumna Alicia Wallace, a 2007 graduate.

Alicia Wallace has been working as an internal auditor at WellPoint for the past seven years. With her passion for equal employment opportunities, she began working for the federal government conducting audits. Years later, she made the transition to the other side in corporate America, helping companies get through the same types of audits that she had conducted.

Alicia decided she wanted to open up more opportunities for employment and retirement, as she wants to serve as a consultant after retiring.

In addition to working full-time, she was married and had two children: one in high school and one in elementary school. She also had several church obligations that she fulfilled during her time at the MBA Program. Because of her busy schedule, she took classes in a location near her that met once a week.

“I did a Monday course, so if I ever fell behind, I still had the weekend to catch up,” said Alicia. “In addition to loving the Christian school aspect, I loved the class’s format because even though I left work a little early, I was home at a reasonable time.”

Alicia’s best memories of the MBA Program are her interactions with her cohort.

“We were a group of diverse ages, genders and race,” said Alicia. “We still met regularly for a year even after our classes were over and some of us still stay in touch.”


The AU MBA program is a traditional MBA program designed for the working professional. Classes meet in the evening and mostly one night each week. Most students complete the program in less than 23 months. The MBA program is offered on the Anderson campus and in several locations in the Indianapolis area. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) nationally accredits the Anderson University MBA program, and Anderson University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Posted in Alumni Profile, Feature, MBA Program A-Z
One comment on “Cohorts & Doability
  1. DoAbility says:

    Really informative post. I am looking for the same. I want to start MBA in AU. Thanks for sharing this post.

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