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What’s New in Competency-Based Higher Education?

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Author(s): Natalie Slocum

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

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  • CNN’s Amy Laitinen discusses the problems that arise when structuring education around seat time, rather than actual learning, and she questions whether the current higher education system is worth the price.
  • In his article Competency-Based Education 2.0, Steven Mintz calls for a commonly accepted definition of competency-based education, and he describes in detail the approach to CBE used in the University of Texas System campuses.
  • Ryan Craig, in his article For Online to Really Matter in Education, We Need to Redefine Competency, describes how competency-based digital learning can bring transparency and simplicity to education, while structuring the system around mass consumption.
  • Southern New Hampshire University’s President, Paul LeBlanc, has accepted a three-month appointment with the U.S. Department of Education as a senior advisor to Ted Mitchell, where he will focus on competency-based education. New Hampshire was also approved for performance assessments on higher ed.

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