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. 

Experimental Sites Q&A: Competency-Based Education

On September 2nd, Public Agenda hosted and moderated a Q&A session with Dave Musser & David Soo from the U.S. Department of Education for institutions in the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) and Breakthrough Models Incubator (BMI) consortium that intend to apply for one or more of the following experimental sites: Competency-Based Education, Limited Direct Assessment, […]

Education Department Opens the Door to Innovation in Higher Education: Ted Mitchell Addresses the Competency-Based Education Network and Announces Experimental Sites

The U.S. Department of Education today announced a new round of experimental sites that 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. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell announced the use of experimental sites to test these emerging […]

20 Colleges Are Picked for Effort on Competency-Based Education

Chronicle of Higher Education, by Nick DeSantis  The Competency-Based Education Network, an effort financed by the Lumina Foundation that is seeking to provide leadership on the development of competency-based degree programs, on Wednesday announced an initial group of participating institutions that includes 18 colleges and two higher-education systems. Read More at Chronicle of Higher Education

Competent at What?

Inside Higher Ed Blog by Paul Fain  Competency-based education appears to be higher education’s “next big thing.” Yet many academics aren’t sure what it is. And that goes double for lawmakers and journalists.A new group is stepping in to try to clear up some of the confusion. The nascent Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) will include […]