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ERIC Number: EJ1022879
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Principles for Developing Competency-Based Education Programs
Johnstone, Sally M.; Soares, Louis
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v46 n2 p12-19 2014
The 2013 US college/university policy agenda, "Making College Affordable: A Better Agenda for the Middle Class," highlighted the role of developing technologies, institutional curriculum-design processes, and new delivery methods as keys to providing quality, affordable postsecondary education. Competency-based education (CBE) is given as a specific example of one such approach. This article describes work conducted by Western Governors University (WGU) over the last year to share its CBE model with 11 community colleges across the US. Successful models demonstrate that CBE can fit into existing campus structures, if certain principles are followed: (1) the degree reflects robust and valid competencies; (2) students are able to learn at a variable pace and are supported in their learning; (3) effective learning resources are available any time and are reusable; and (4) assessments are secure and reliable. These principles, detailed in the article, can help guide higher education leaders as they develop their own CBE programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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