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Competency Based Education

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

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 08.26.2014 | Education
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 07.28.2014 | Education
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 | College
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 | Education
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 | Education
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 | College
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 | College
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 | Impact
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 | College
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 | College
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...

It's Time to Go Beyond the Credit Hour

Impatient Optimists | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
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...

Competency-Based Learning: A Big Deal, But Not Because of the Feds

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 06.02.2013 | College
Jamie Merisotis

In some ways, the Department's approach is still too cautious. It treats competency-based learning as an alternative rather as a standard that should inform all learning.

Looking Beyond Graduation Rates

Dr. Robert Mendenhall | Posted 03.13.2013 | College
Dr. Robert Mendenhall

While graduation rates can be a significant indicator of the quality of a college or university, they are often misunderstood and misused.

What Is Competency-Based Education?

Dr. Robert Mendenhall | Posted 11.05.2012 | College
Dr. Robert Mendenhall

The most important characteristic of competency-based education is that it measures learning rather than time. Students progress by demonstrating their competence, which means they prove that they have mastered the knowledge.

Commencement 2012: America Needs More Graduates and Not Just Young Ones

Dr. Robert Mendenhall | Posted 08.12.2012 | College
Dr. Robert Mendenhall

To effectively and scalably improve access to education for non-traditional students, a truly innovative university must pioneer new, 21st-century solutions.