C-BEN Consulting

Building and implementing competency-based solutions for your organization’s needs.

The world is changing fast, and our approaches to education and training must change with it. C-BEN is your partner in designing, implementing, and maintaining competency-based solutions that help individuals and institutions stay valuable and relevant in the new skills-based economy.

Our team of experts works with leaders across sectors – from K-12 and postsecondary education institutions to state systems and industry employers – to build or enhance competency-based offerings.

Learn more about the work we can do together.

Our work with C-BEN has been valuable to be surrounded by experts in the field and the networking opportunities to learn from others that had similar experiences. The C-BEN team were knowledgeable, inspiring, and encouraging as we were going through our CBE journey.

San Jacinto College

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How We Work

Our consultants are CBE experts with decades of experience in postsecondary education, policy, administration, and workforce development.

CAPACITY BUILDING

We drive innovation, sharing insights and best practices that help accelerate the development, launch, and continuous improvement of competency-based education and workforce programs.

COMMUNITY BUILDING

We create opportunities for our diverse network to share experiences across sectors, learn from each other, and collaborate.

CONSULTING

We partner with institutions, state systems, and employers to build or enhance competency-based offerings.

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Our Consulting Services

C-BEN’s consultants can help you no matter where you are on your CBE journey.

Discover.

Learn more about CBE.

A 2 hour workshop that explains the nuts and bolts of what CBE is, and the various ways it can serve your learners.

(Virtual) 4 hours of coaching for executives and strategic teams to facilitate the development a strategic plan to implement CBE.

Can be virtual or in-person half- day leadership retreat.

(In-person) 2 days. This high-energy, in-person workshop will kick start your CBE effort by bringing together key stakeholders to establish a shared vision and design plans to meet goals for CBE programs, including but not limited to developing a timeline, establishing working teams, and beginning to design your CBE programs.

Build.

Develop a CBE program or improve existing programs.

(Virtual) Three workshops for instructional faculty to learn how to build a CBE curriculum. Workshops include access to a coach who provides feedback.

(In person) In-person workshops to guide faculty on quality CBE curriculum and teaching and learning practices with the support of C-BEN consultants.

An expert review of existing programs using C-BEN’s Quality Framework. Includes a feedback session with the quality reviewer as well as customized coaching to support implementation planning for improvements.

Implement.

Deploy a CBE program.

(18 to 24 month schedule) A dedicated C-BEN consultant works with leaders on a customized implementation plan for your organization and guides teams as programs are launched. Can include advisory services, solution development, research services, and tailored workshops unique to your needs.

(Virtual) This series of virtual workshops and personalized coaching offer teams working on implementing CBE in-depth support for designing policies and practices in:

  • Student services
  • Financial aid/bursar/registrar
  • Admissions/Recruitment
  • Business operations
  • Faculty models, instruction, and assessment
  • Student success coaching and advising

C-BEN experts are available on a one-on-one basis as to provide guidance for specialized topics or short-term engagements

Scale.

Increase the reach of your CBE programs

Expert one-on-one guidance and advisory for executive leaders with existing CBE programs seeking program growth and evolution

(Virtual or in person) For teams already running CBE programs we are here for you as you navigate common challenges like capacity to increase enrollments, moving faculty from overload to in-load, or employer engagement, C-BEN will provide an expert to help troubleshoot and develop solutions.

Advance.

Creating Skills-Based Systems

C-BEN staff provide strategic guidance, policy analysis, blueprints, and scalable competency-based solutions for governments, agencies, systems, and global employers to shift to a competency-based ecosystem and connect to a skills-based economy. This work often includes creating system level competency ontologies and taxonomies to align education and workforce, building CBE curricula, designing microcredential to degree pathways, establishing assessment centers for skills validation, and enabling technologices such as digital wallets and LERs. All of this alongside policy analysis for barriers and incentives to scale desired outcomes. Partners have included Illinois, Kentucky, Alabama, Navajo Nation, Massachusets Common Group

KU is preparing our infrastructure to deliver direct assessment competency-based programs – perhaps the most challenging model of CBE from a systems change perspective.

Our C-BEN partners took into account the unique characteristics of our university and of our team, providing us with great advice every step of the way. They broke our journey into six 90-day sprints to make the work more manageable and to keep us on schedule.

Throughout the process they've walked the walk of great consultants – our success has been as important to them as it is to us. We simply couldn't have done this as well or as quickly without C-BEN.

The University of Kansas

Whole Journey Support

The C-BEN team offers expert strategic guidance and dedicated coaching to help you discover, build, implement, and scale competency-based education, training, and credentialing programs that lay the foundation for success.

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POLICY ANALYSIS AND PATHWAY DEVELOPMENT

C-BEN staff offers blueprints for the development of CBE programs and pathways, comprehensive policy analyses to evaluate the landscape for other states or institutions, and the tools to lead you through any stage of the CBE journey.

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POLICY ANALYSIS AND PATHWAY DEVELOPMENT

C-BEN staff offers blueprints for the development of CBE programs and pathways, comprehensive policy analyses to evaluate the landscape for other states or institutions, and the tools to lead you through any stage of the CBE journey.

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Our Consultants

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Testimonials

See what instutions have to say about C-BEN.

“We like working with Charla and C-BEN because they bring a level of expertise that can’t be found anywhere else. Their workshops helped give our faculty a more positive view of CBE.”

Dr. Cindy Parker

Vice President of Online Education, Johnson & Wales University

“We like working with Charla and C-BEN because they bring a level of expertise that can’t be found anywhere else. Their workshops helped give our faculty a more positive view of CBE.”

Dr. Stephanie Davidson

Vice President of Online Education, Johnson & Wales University