CompetencyXChange, launched by C-BEN in 2022, is an initiative to empower the CBE community to create a common agenda for how to systemically make competency the currency of learning. C-BEN and partners released Scaling Competencies as the Currency of Learning and Equitable Opportunity: An Action Agenda for Accelerating the Adoption of Competency-Based Learning. Since then, three workgroups have focused on paving the way through research, policy, quality assurance and three workgroups have focused on this work as it pertains to employers, ed-tech vendors, and institutions.

In 2024, workgroups have made progress on:

  • Research: A convening was recently held at the University of Kansas on how to create a stronger research base on the efficacy of competency-based learning, with the CompetencyXChange workgroup agreeing to take the lead in developing the 2.0 version of this research. Stay tuned for more information on how to get involved at CBExchange 2024!
  • Policy: Competency-based learning has been a part of the conversation related to federal law, legislation and policy from WIOAA to short-term Pell to negotiated rule-making, and most recently, the new bipartisan bill, Empowering Learners through Competency-Based Education Act. This team has engaged in each of these discussions and addressed implications for CBL.
  • Quality Assurance: As one accreditor is putting together a taskforce to revise their CBE policies, this workgroup is informing this work. The team is also working with licensure organizations and the international quality assurance community to support improved understanding and engagement with competencies, skills, and related approaches.
  • Employers: Room for growth: A survey of upskilling approaches was recently released to identify practices and standards for employees. This team is working on messaging to employers on CBL and skills-based hiring and considering work-based learning in this realm, as a survey of employers showed the need for higher engagement on this topic.
  • Ed-Tech Vendors: Following the Technical Operational Requirements for Scalable, Quality CBE Programs that came out in 2023, this group is focusing on a process to certify products according to C-BEN’s quality framework and how to get beyond a one-size-fits-all approach in products.

About the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN)

The Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) is revolutionizing how we design, experience, and measure learning throughout a lifetime. We believe learning should be measured by what you can do — the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that lay the foundation for your success — and for more than 10 years we have been guiding our expansive network of education leaders, employers, policymakers, and changemakers towards quality competency-based models and practices. C-BEN is a U.S.-based non-profit organization. For more information, visit

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