Northern Arizona University (NAU) is offering a competency based education program as part of its effort to make college more affordable, accessible and help students earn degrees sooner.
NAU’s Personalized Learning Division self-paced, online bachelor’s degree program allows students to complete as many courses as they like in a six-month subscription. How long it takes to complete a degree depends on factors such as transfer credits and life experience. Before each lesson students have the option of taking a test to pass out of a model based on what they already know–if they hit a defined threshold they are able to move on to the next lesson.
Since its launch last summer the school says its results have been extremely encouraging.