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What’s New in Competency Education in Higher Education (November 13, 2014)

CompetencyWorks Blog

Author(s): Chris Sturgis

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


New Resources

  • Check out CBE Info for resources for those that want to learn how to implement competency-based education in higher education. It’s been developed by Western Governors University and a team of colleges that have been developing competency-based programs.
  • The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee “has received a $1.48 million grant to establish a national Center for the Study of Distance Education and Technological Advancement (DETA)… The DETA Research Center will identify and evaluate effective course and institutional practices in online learning and competency-based education for all students, including those who are economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, and adult learners.”

News and Blogs

  • Brandman University has been approved by the  U. S. Department of Education that it has been approved to award financial aid to competency-based students using direct assessment.
  • Big Ten and the Next Big Thing in Inside Higher Education comments on  “Three brand-name, Big Ten-affiliated institutions are now offering degrees in this emerging form of higher education. Yet the new programs at the University of Michigan, Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin System are not aimed at the vast numbers of undergraduates who come to those campuses for the traditional college experience.”