Inside Higher Ed
September 10th, 2015
Roughly 600 colleges are in the design phase for a new
competency-based education program, are actively creating one or already
have a program in place. That’s up from an estimated 52 institutions last year.
Amid this quick expansion, a group of college officials is meeting in
Phoenix next month to share information about how to develop
competency-based credentials. The agenda also features discussions about
what academic quality should look like in those programs.
Public Agenda, a nonprofit group that seeks to bring a nonpartisan lens to tricky issues, is hosting the meeting, dubbed the CBExchange. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding the work.
“This is not about advocating for a particular model of
competency-based education,” said Alison Kadlec, a senior vice president
and director of higher education and workforce programs at Public
Agenda. “It’s about advocating for the healthy development of a field
that’s growing rapidly.”