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Competency Based Education

Experts Warn Competency-Based Education Can Be Abused, Pt. 2

David Halperin | Posted 08.17.2016 | Home
David Halperin

Last week, Republic Report posted a piece reporting concerns by a leading higher education expert (who asked not to be identified by name because of...

Risks Of Fraud In Competency-Based Education

David Halperin | Posted 08.12.2016 | Home
David Halperin

An audit report released earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Inspector General could potentially trigger efforts in Con...

The Global Search for Education: Just Imagine Secretary Fisher

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.10.2016 | Home
C. M. Rubin

"Amidst debates about college access and affordability, we think the question of employer needs should sit at the core of higher education conversatio...

An Economic Transformation, A Shift in Our Educational Focus

Arthur E. Levine | Posted 03.24.2016 | Home
Arthur E. Levine

Once again the United States is undergoing an economic transformation, the second in our history. This time the shift is from a national, analog, industrial economy to a global, digital, information economy.

Top 10 Issues & Trends Impacting Higher Education in 2016

Dr. John Ebersole | Posted 01.12.2017 | Home
Dr. John Ebersole

In 2014, I wrote that the "currents of change have propelled the sector toward, or onto, one rock after another." Two years later, higher education continues to evolve.

An Open Letter To Mark Zuckerberg About Education, From A Former Classmate

Emily Talmage | Posted 11.16.2016 | Home
Emily Talmage

Let me assure you that "personalized learning" is a far, far cry from the type of education we got at Exeter. Students may be in control of their "learning trajectory," in such a model, but not of their own minds, as we were at Exeter. In my humble opinion, this is a bastardization of true education.

The Global Search for Education: Just Imagine - The Close It Summit

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.11.2016 | Home
C. M. Rubin

"As global engagement inevitably continues to increase, schools of the future will be leaders in reaching across borders and oceans through these tech...

Student Support Is a Must: Improving Competency-Based Education Through the Student Perspective

Young Invincibles | Posted 09.02.2016 | Home
Young Invincibles

Completing a degree on your own schedule, whenever and wherever you want is a model that has the potential to change the game for a lot of students. Plus, the Harvard Business Review said Competency Based Education "is the key to filling the skills gaps in the workforce."

Your Work Experience Can Help You Complete a Degree: 3 Tips from an Adult Learner

Timothy Weiderhoft | Posted 07.29.2016 | Home
Timothy Weiderhoft

For me - a business leader, father, and husband - being able to set my own schedule and learn at my own pace was critical. My program allowed me to keep my job and continue performing at a high level.

What It Takes to Ensure Every Child Achieves

Shruti Sehra | Posted 06.02.2016 | Home
Shruti Sehra

Emerging research, powerful insights from the field, and promising innovations have created a powerful moment in time to have a meaningful dialogue about how we make a real difference for students who need it most.

Sparks Fly: Competency-Based Education Catches

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 06.15.2015 | Home
Julian L. Alssid

Our educational outcomes -- particularly for lower-wage workers -- remain abysmal. And, our quality of life is suffering -- the Social Progress Index 2015 ranks the U.S. 16th in the world on that measure. And, yet, I see a glimmer of hope.

A Dark Day and a New Dawn -- The Evolution of Higher Education and Workforce Learning

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 05.09.2015 | Home
Julian L. Alssid

Colleges close and merge, but that this happened so quickly to a school of such standing was a disturbance of a different dimension. If Sweet Briar was a glimpse of one future for higher education, I got a look at an alternate future in Oakland.

Doing It Yourself: From Independent Learning Plans to Organizing Your Instructional Path

GenDIY | Posted 05.03.2015 | Home

By Chris Sturgis Student agency changes the nature of the educational process. As students build their habits of learning, they can take on mor...

Even Before Free College, Three Reasons Why 2015 Will be the Year of Higher Education Reform

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 03.11.2015 | Home
Julian L. Alssid

Real change needs more. Systemic change needs forces beyond individuals, individual programs, beyond even enlightened leaders. It needs the ground to shift. It needs larger planets to align.

Workplace Moneyball -- Your Best Players Aren't Who You Think They Should Be

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 12.28.2014 | Home
Julian L. Alssid

What I am saying is it is time to bring the same level of focused attention to these adults as we do to our traditional coming-of-age students.

What Is Competency-Based Education, and Why Does It Matter?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 10.26.2014 | Home
Julian L. Alssid

The curricula for competency-based programs as a whole are purpose-built to prepare students for industry and careers as they evolve

Summer, Once a Time for Reflection, Now the Time for Radical Redesign

Sam Chaltain | Posted 09.27.2014 | Home
Sam Chaltain

Although the phrase hasn't entered mainstream conversation, "competency education" is on the mind of lots of educators and policymakers.

A New Gallup Survey Says Colleges and Employers Disagree About How Workforce-Ready Graduates Are -- Who's Right?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 04.29.2014 | Home
Julian L. Alssid

Today's employers are expecting practical skills, not just theory -- proof of an ability to learn, but also a proven ability to execute. And they aren't getting it.

Guess Who Has the Key to Washington's New 'College Report Cards' -- Before They Are Written?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 02.19.2014 | Home
Julian L. Alssid

As Washington plans a new program to issue 'report cards' on colleges and universities, they should probably know there's a group that is already sending CliffsNotes to every school in the country: employers.

Don't Let Excuses Stop You From Finishing Your Degree in 2014

Dr. Robert Mendenhall | Posted 02.17.2014 | Home
Dr. Robert Mendenhall

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. For many of the 37 million Americans who have some college education but no degree, life simply got in the way of their college pursuit.

Making College a Better Bargain

Dr. Robert Mendenhall | Posted 11.06.2013 | Home
Dr. Robert Mendenhall

A helpful first step in the acceptance of competency-based education is to recognize and acknowledge that administering financial aid based on time is a fantasy.

Learning Revolution Comes to the Workplace

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 10.20.2013 | Home
Julian L. Alssid

I think it's pretty obvious by now that Washington lawmakers are not going to lead us to robust economic recovery and employment any time soon. The evidence just keeps mounting.

Changing Financial Aid Could Save Students, and Taxpayers, Money: Testimony Before the House Education and the Workforce Committee

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning | Posted 09.10.2013 | Home
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

Let's support policies that make sense. We can't be penny-wise and pound-foolish when it comes to higher education and creating a sensible path for the American people to reach their full potential.

Bringing Quality to Competency

John D. Haeger | Posted 07.28.2013 | Home
John D. Haeger

What are the most effective ways to measure and assure student learning? How do we increase retention and graduation rates? What responses can we offer to rising student costs and falling state support?

It's Time to Go Beyond the Credit Hour

Impatient Optimists | Posted 07.22.2013 | Home
Impatient Optimists

At a time when students and families are seeking value in higher education, programs cost too much and too often fail to deliver on their promise of a...