Thursday, September 10, 2015

Keeping Up With Competency

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.”

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