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What’s New in Competency-Based Higher Education?

CompetencyWorks Blog

Author(s): Ashley Jones

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field


  • This article explores how Southern Connecticut State University uses data to improve student outcomes.
  • This article explores integrating records of skills-based assessments into digital portfolios as a means to transforming the hiring process and ultimately replacing the resume.
  • Southern New Hampshire University has collaborated with The Shapiro Foundation and TheDream.US to offer 1,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students full scholarships to pursue their associate or bachelor’s degrees.
  • The Texas Public Policy Foundation, along with Goldman Insights, released a study, which explores ways competency-based higher education programs could be cheaper and just as effective as traditional higher education programs.


  • Alana Dunagan of Clayton Christensen Institute discusses options that Congress could use to improve college accreditation. 


  • Western Governor’s University’s Master of Health Leadership program has been realigned to better serve graduates with the skills and tools they will need to grow within key leadership roles in the health industry.

Funding Opportunities

  • The NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program has a new competition, Algorithm for Change, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which will offer one of the world’s largest prizes for the artificial intelligence, machine learning and augmented reality community focused on solving challenges in postsecondary education.