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The Student Experience: How Competency-Based Education Providers Serve Students - The rise of competency-based education (CBE) has redefined what college looks like for many students. The author describes how some of the most prominent CBE providers have designed their programs to meet students' needs and provides comparisons of CBE models and the familiar phases of the traditional college experience. (Rachel B. Baker, American Enterprise Institute, June 2015)...

Employer Perspectives on Competency-Based Education - A survey of 500 hiring managers at different companies revealed that overall employer awareness of competency-based education (CBE) is low, those few who were aware of CBE had a favorable impression and employers remain generally unable to articulate discrete needs as competencies. An opportunity exists for the field to engage employers more proactively as partners in CBE programs. (Chip Franklin and Robert Lytle, American Enterprise Institute, April 2015)...

Measuring Mastery: Best Practices for Assessment in Competency-Based Education - For CBE programs to become widely accepted as an alternative path to earning a college degree, the programs must provide research-based evidence that they are just as good as traditional degree programs at imparting necessary knowledge and skills. CBEís long-term viability hinges on the credibility of these programsí credentials in the eyes of employers. That credibility, in turn, depends on the quality of the assessments CBE programs use to decide who earns a credential. (Katie Larsen McClarty and Matthew N. Gaertner, Center on Higher Education Reform, American Enterprise Institute, April 2015)...

The Landscape of Competency-Based Education: Enrollments, Demographics, and Affordability - Competency-based education (CBE), in which credit is given on the basis of learning rather than hours, is gaining traction. Learning may be determined by prior learning assessments or by progressing toward a degree as students demonstrate mastery. Whether or not CBE programs are less expensive is undetermined, but if the program is time-based, that is the student pays for time and is able to progress at his or her own speed, that may drive the cost down. (Robert Kelchen, AEI, January 2015)...

Competency-Based Education as a Potential Strategy to Increase Learning and Lower Costs - Advocates of competency-based education argue that with traditional post-secondary education, "Time is fixed, while learning is variable." This paper explores the possibility that competency-based systems could increase learning and lower costs to students and institutions alike. Authors look at Western Governors University, Southern New Hampshire and the University of Wisconsin System. They caution systems considering implementation that they'll require startup dollars and considerable faculty buy-in. (Stephen R. Porter and Kevin Reilly, HCM Strategists, July 2014)...

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