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ERIC Number: EJ791181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6099
Assessment of Student Learning through an Online, Competency-Based University
Testa, Alec M.
Assessment Update, v20 n1 p1-2, 15 Jan-Feb 2008
Western Governors University (WGU) was founded by the governors of sixteen western states to help meet the challenges presented by escalating enrollments and rising costs of higher education in their states. WGU promises to help their students "achieve their dreams for a degree and career success by providing a personal, flexible, and affordable education based on real-world competencies." This is accomplished by offering online degrees that are competency-based--where students only make academic progress and graduate by passing a series of assessments. Assessments consist of objective exams, performance (written essays and other electronically transmitted artifacts), observation, portfolios, and capstone projects. At WGU, students do not make academic progress by taking courses; knowledge and performance are organized not by hours of coursework but by mastery of competencies. This essay describes the practices of WGU that have proved particularly effective and may be applied at other institutions. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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