Competency Frameworks: Blueprints for Strong Learning Structures

A recent blog post from the Lumina Foundation discusses how frameworks act as blueprints to ensure all credentials are of high quality.

ACE at 100: Lifting Nontraditional Learners to Postsecondary Success

Helping more Americans gain access to and graduate from college has been a large part of ACE’s mission ever since the Council was formed in 1918 to help soldiers returning from World War I gain a college degree. And it continues to play a central role today, as we prepare to celebrate our centennial.

How Can We Better Communicate the Meaning of New Credentials?

A Sunday morning session at ACE2017 looked at the work of Credential Engine, a nonprofit organization established to create an open-source registry to help stakeholders share information about credentials, as well as more broadly at what’s driving the need for credentials in higher education.

Changing the Game for Women in East Africa

In honor of International Women’s Day, CIGE’s Heather Ward interviews Karen Sherman, president of the Akilah Institute, a postsecondary institution for women in Rwanda.

Morgan State University Paving the Way for Adult Learners Through CPL

Research shows that adult learners are more likely to enroll in, persist in and complete postsecondary education programs when institutions recognize students’ previous experiences and grant credit for prior learning. With a boost from ACE’s Center for Education, Attainment and Innovation’s College and University Partnerships, Morgan State University, the largest historically black college and university in Maryland, is doing just that.

Western Governors University, Ohio Community Colleges Collaborate to Meet Needs of Adult Students

A partnership between Western Governors University (WGU) and the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) will extend online, competency-based learning opportunities to all Ohio community college graduates. The agreement announced in October allows the graduates, as well as community college employees, to seamlessly transfer their coursework to WGU while also receiving a tuition discount at the accredited, nonprofit online university.

Deconstructing CBE: A Different Approach

As CBE gains broader popularity and acceptance, it is becoming increasingly important to understand certain subtleties about this approach to teaching and learning that extend beyond the basics. The first of three new studies on CBE just released by ACE, Ellucian and Eduventures looks at the diversity of practice that exists across a spectrum of schools that deploy CBE.

What Does Competency-Based Education Look Like?

An infographic from ACE’s The Presidency seeks to answer that question by showing how the shape and depth of competency-based education (CBE) shifts each time a college or university starts a CBE program, because each institution’s needs are different.

The Right Credential for the Right Student at the Right Time

Credentials have proliferated in recent years to meet the diverse needs of our 21st century knowledge economy, including not only degrees, but also certificates, professional/industry certifications, licensures and badges. Deborah Seymour and Deborah Everhart write on the importance of sorting through this maze of post-secondary credentials.

How to Navigate the Credentialing Maze

The stunning increase in the number and variety of credentials available in this country—college degrees, educational certificates, industry credentials, licensures, and most recently micro-credentials, such as digital badges—seems like a positive thing. However, the complex and fragmented nature of the credentialing marketplace is having the opposite effect—mass confusion.

VIDEO: Rethinking Credentialing

This video accompanies the newly released Quick Hit brief, “Rethinking Credentialing.” The paper and video are the latest in a series of Quick Hit briefs on current and emerging topics in higher education attainment and innovation.

Competency-Based Education Gains New Ground

Partnering with Flat World, Brandman University (CA) offers an online competency-based bachelor’s degree in business administration (BBA). Competency-based education (CBE) allows students to demonstrate skills and knowledge in a given domain through competency-based assessments instead of through accumulation of credit hours. Brandman Chancellor Gary Brahm spoke to ACE Annual Meeting attendees about the partnership in Monday’s session, “Competency-Based Education: An Investment in the Future.”