ERIC Number: ED459664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Oct-22
Moving toward Competency-Based Admissions: A Northeast Regional Symposium (Manchester, New Hampshire, October 22, 1998).
Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.
These proceedings include an overview of the meeting, at which 75 leaders from secondary and postsecondary education, business, and state agencies met to discuss competency-based education systems and updates on the status of competency-based admissions in a number of states. The proceedings also provide a list of suggested regional activities to promote competency-based systems in northeast region of the U.S. as well as information on other resources that are available. Symposium participants identified a number of general models, practices, and lessons learned to be shared and cultivated throughout the region. These steps and considerations of competency-based system design were highlighted: (1) create a clear, consistent understanding of competency-based admissions; (2) identify advocates within each stakeholder group; (3) align standards and proficiencies; (4) provide training and support for those responsible for implementation; (5) use a systems approach; and (6) create a data collection and evaluation system. A number of potential challenges must be addressed by any state that attempts to build a competency-based system, including defining and assessing the competencies, securing resources, and ensuring that transcripts and credentials can be recognized and accepted throughout a region. Suggested regional activities fall into the categories of information sharing, model creation and dissemination, piloting, and aligning regional systems. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, College Admission, College Applicants, Competency Based Education, Higher Education, Program Evaluation, Student Evaluation
For full text: http://www.jff.org/pdfs%20and%20downloads/CBA_proceedings pdf.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Lab. at Brown Univ., Providence, RI.; National Commission for Cooperative Education, Boston, MA.; National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.; New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Burlington, MA. Commission on Independent Secondary Schools.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.
Note: Also sponsored by the Higher Education Information Center and the New Hampshire School-to-Work Office.