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Competency Based Education

Competency-based Education: Everything You Need to Know

CBE gives the students more control of their own experience & a better chance to succeed which is a lot more than a traditional classroom model can offer.

2016 Virtual CBE Summit Sessions | D2L

Charla Long, JD Executive Director, Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) Principal and Senior Consultant, Go Long Consulting, Former Founding Dean of

IFAP - Dear Colleague Letters

The Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) web site connects you to guidance, resources and systems needed to conduct the business of Federal Student Aid.

Shared Design Elements and Emerging Practices of Competency-Based Education Programs:
A Report from Public Agenda with support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation. Available online at
Copyright © 2015 Public Agenda.

H.R.2859 - Advancing Competency-Based Education Act of 2017115th Congress (2017-2018) | $(document).ready(function ()...

Summary of H.R.2859 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): Advancing Competency-Based Education Act of 2017


We have always believed in the power of what students know and can do, even if that learning occurs outside of a classroom.

Guidance for Competency Based Education Experimental Site Released - Blog

The Obama Administration has worked steadily to increase access to and completion of high quality degrees for students of all ages and backgrounds. One specific thrust has been to remove barriers that stand in the way of innovation in higher education, including those that prevent promising new educational models from expanding. Competency based education (CBE) is one example of a promising new delivery model with the potential to improve degree completion, reduce costs to students and improve transparency and alignment of learning outcomes to the needs of employers and society. And the field is growing – recently, a survey suggested that as many as 600 postsecondary institutions in the United States are currently designing or implementing CBE programs.

Excellent review of the relevant literature and case studies of competency programs.

A National Consortium for Designing, Developing and Scaling New Models for Student Learning

Competency-based education has been part of the American higher education landscape for decades. It is enjoyinga resurgence of interest driven primarily by efforts to redefine quality of higher education in terms of student learning. Competency-based education has the potential to strengthen and improve learning outcomes for all students, particularly those who are not well served by traditional higher education. This approach to teaching and learning affords learners a more transparent pathway for education and employment, alternative approaches to learning, and better student support. It is a more straightforward way to plan, organize, deliver and support student learning across all disciplines.

CBE Case Study Archive - University of Wisconsin-Extension CEOEL

How one competency-based education program addressed academics, budget, communications, enrollment management and technology, metrics, and policy.

OLC Announces 2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award Recipients - OLC

Three higher ed institutions and 10 faculty-led teams have earned #DLIAwards for advancing undergraduate student success through the adoption of digital courseware.

C-RAC is a collective of seven regional organizations responsible for the accreditation of roughly 3,000 of the nation’s colleges and universities.

Bill introduced Dec 1 2017 expressly allows for CBE

Many CBE programs use open educational resources. This paper provides an excellent framework for faculty and instructional designers or Subject matter experts to evaluate OER resources.

(1) to allow demonstration programs that are strictly monitored by the Department of Education to test the quality and viability of expanded distance education programs currently restricted under this chapter;

College For America - Making a College Degree Achievable for Every Working Adult

Companies seeking the best way to close employee skills gaps are likely considering competency-based education (or CBE) programs.

Excellent 2012 report on credit hour issues: Includes an historical review of the origins of the carnegie unit and the problems of equating it with learning in the modern institutional setting. Includes discussion of the reinterpretation of the credit hour by the DOE in 2009. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

DQP || Degree Qualifications Profile

DPQ is an excellent starting point for developing competencies for a CBE program. © 2017 Lumina Foundation This site is maintained by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

Fundamentals of Competency-Based Education | Center for Professional Development

The Fundamentals of Competency-Based Education certificate course provides faculty, staff, and administrators with relevant and timely information to implement a CBE program within their institution. Each participant will create a final proposal that builds on the information gained throughout four modules: Evolution of CBE, Components of Program and Student Success, Regulation and Institutional Compliance, and Principles of Assessment. An examination of current models and an interactive case study help students gain the confidence to apply CBE principles in determining the best fit for their own institution.

CBE Case Study Archive - University of Wisconsin-Extension CEOEL

How one competency-based education program addressed academics, budget, communications, enrollment management and technology, metrics, and policy.

Student Engagement System

The right technology to support UW Flexible Option student success wasn't available when IT Director Andrea Deau and IT Development Manager Angela Meidl sear...

Discusses the importance of linking work and real world experiences to learning, an important concept in competency-based learning. Linked learning is a concept specifically used in high schools, but the theory has equal application at the College level. Benefits of linked learning include connections between the classroom and real world (transferability), higher completion rates (NAF 2011), student ownership of career goals and pathways, development of critical skills (Bremer & Madzar, 1995). Linked learning programs have industry mentors, performance-based assessments that demonstrate deep knowledge and skills, and are assessed with rubrics. Work-based learning requires integrated relevant curriculum, integrated career-related activities, authentic assessments, planning time for teachers, and flexible scheduling.