ERIC Number: ED421901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Re-engineering Four Years of College into Three: The Makings of a Competency-Based Three Year Bachelor's Degree.
As part of an effort to reduce the costs of attending college, in 1996 New Hampshire College began developing a three-year bachelor's degree program in Business Administration with the goal of reengineering the existing four-year, eight-semester program into a competency- and outcomes-based, team-taught, cohort-based, interdisciplinary, and integrated academic program. The development team surveyed faculty in an attempt to reduce redundancy between courses, with the resulting program utilizing a modular design and intact student workgroup structure. Thirteen competencies, which measured outcomes, were also developed. Student academic experiences are reinforced by practical experience as employees and entrepreneurs. Yearly themes, such as "Student as Leader and Manager" or"Humanities and the Individual," are used to create additional cohesion to the academic experience. Due to the program's unique structure, students do not receive academic credit for a module until they meet the requisite competency levels. The appendices, which constitute more than half the document, include a definition of terms; a list of the 13 competencies; first-year modules and program themes; a computer technology module; the traditional Business Administration program; a comparison with competing educational paradigms; an annotated bibliography; survey data and analysis forms; a year-one competency reinforcement plan and course equivalent underlay; and a printout from the program's website. (MAB)
Descriptors: Acceleration (Education), Bachelors Degrees, Business Administration Education, Competency Based Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Finance, Higher Education, Integrated Curriculum, Integrated Learning Systems, Interdisciplinary Approach, Outcome Based Education, Paying for College, Performance Based Assessment, Relevance (Education), Student Costs, Team Teaching, Work Study Programs
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 15, 1998).