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.”

Credit for Prior Learning Implementation: Where Is Your Institution?

Credit for prior learning (CPL), also known as prior learning assessment, has become more salient in current conversations on postsecondary attainment than ever before. ACE has developed a matrix that college and university administrators can use to explore where their campus is along a spectrum in each of three key areas (e.g., student outreach and… Read more »

Student Learning as Academic Currency

A “classic” ACE report from 2010—still relevant today

Northern Arizona University Helping Students Earn Degrees Through CBE

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.

Making Sense of CBE

It’s no secret that the world of higher education likes to employ the use of acronyms, and the acronym du jour is CBE, or competency based education. But what exactly is competency based education and the myriad of terms associated with the topic? That’s a question Blackboard and ACE are trying to answer.

Credit  for  Prior  Learning:  Why  All  the  Controversy?

Does the acceptance of prior learning actually lead to less or more revenue for colleges and universities? We don’t know yet, because no one has really researched the impact on institutions’ bottom lines. This research, while not easy, is necessary, writes Deborah Seymour.

Arizona State, Starbucks Team Up to Help Students Complete Degrees

Arizona State University is participating in a new effort to increase the number of students who complete their degrees. The Starbucks College Achievement Plan, a joint effort of ASU and Starbucks, will allow thousands of eligible Starbucks employees to enroll, with partial or full financial support from Starbucks, in any of ASU’s 40 online bachelor’s degree programs.

PODCAST: ACE’s Cathy Sandeen on the Evolution of MOOCs

Cathy Sandeen, ACE’s vice president for education attainment and innovation, recently sat down with the online newspaper Evolllution.com to discuss the impact of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on higher education over the past few years and how they might affect continuing and extended education programs in the future.