Competency-Based Education Ecosystem Framework

A new report  provides the most detailed and accurate description to date of what competency-based education (CBE) looks like from the perspectives of learners, higher education professionals, policymakers and others involved in this rapidly expanding movement. The report gives everyone involved in CBE programs a baseline understanding and common language to guide the development of […]

Survey of the Shared Design Elements & Emerging Practices of CBE Programs

Faculty, administrators and staff at colleges and universities with competency-based education (CBE) programs share near universal agreement regarding essential elements of strong CBE programs, according to a new survey from Public Agenda. Survey of the Shared Design Elements & Emerging Practices of Competency-Based Education Programs is the largest survey to date on CBE in higher education. The survey […]

New Survey Finds Broad Agreement on Functions Required for Effective CBE Programs

A new report from the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) reveals that colleges and universities offering competency-based education (CBE) programs have common expectations for program design and that those responsible for designing and delivering these programs tend to be full-time employees with a master’s or a doctorate degree. The report, Faculty and Staff Roles and Responsibilities in […]

Guidance on Competency-Based Education

On Tuesday, The U.S. Department Education released an extensive reference guide for institutions that are participating in an experiment on competency-based education. Click here to read the full article. Click here to view the reference guide.

Keeping Up With Competency

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. Amid this quick expansion, a group of college officials, including C-BEN and C-BEN members, are meeting in Phoenix next month to share information about how to develop competency-based credentials. The […]

C-BEN Shares Year One Findings and Discoveries Report

At the March 2015 convening, C-BEN released a first year findings and discoveries report. The report includes a history of competency-based education and the creation of C-BEN, as well as lessons learned and key take-aways from the first year of work. Download the full report.

C-BEN Announces New Member Institutions

Thirteen institutions and two public systems representing 40 campuses join colleges and universities addressing shared challenges to designing, developing, and scaling high-quality competency-based degree programs. Read the full release.

C-BEN Members Invited to Participate in Innovative Experimental Sites

Eleven members of C-BEN have been invited by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in a new round of experimental sites.  The experimental sites will open the door to higher education innovation aimed at increasing college access and providing more affordable and flexible paths for students seeking quality credentials. The invitations were issued in […]

Experimenting with Competency

Inisde Higher Ed, by Paul Fain The U.S. Department of Education will allow at least 40 colleges to experiment with competency-based education and prior learning assessment, granting them a waiver from certain rules that govern federal financial aid. Read the full article. 

Competency-Based Education Network Seeks Partners for Expansion

Amid growing interest in competency-based education, the Competency-Based Education Network(C-BEN) has issued a call for new membership applications.  The application period opens today, with applications due by January 15, 2015. Download the 2015 application.  Click here to read the full press release.