State and systems leaders are increasingly recognizing competency-based education (CBE) as a method to improve education delivery. They seek to better understand CBE, what states and systems can do to encourage the design and development of such programs, and how to think and talk about CBE in conversations at the policy level. Lumina funded HCM Strategists to work in four states to help explore ways states can support the growth of CBE programs. That work resulted in many lessons and ideas that are captured in the following documents:
- A CBE State Toolkit, which provides resources that can help describe CBE at a high level;
- State Policy Considerations for CBE in Higher Education, which outlines the state-level policies that can directly affect the growth of CBE;
- State case studies that summarize the work and lessons in each of the four states.
Below is a full complete list of HCM Strategists' recently-released resources:
1. State Policy Considerations for Supporting Competency-Based Education in Higher Education
2. Understanding Competency-Based Education Toolkit
3. Exploring State Financial Aid Policies to Set a More Supportive Context for Competency-Based Higher Education in Kentucky
4. Setting a Supportive State Environment By Integrating CBE into Workforce Development Efforts
5. Incorporating Competency Into a State's Higher Education Strategic Plan - Indiana's Strategic Planning Process
6. State Policy Consideration for Aligning State CBE Efforts Across Education Levels in Arizona
7. State Policy Consideration for Incorporating CBE in Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System
Brand New Case Study Website That Explores University of Wisconsin Flexible Option Academic, Business and Operational Models Launched With Support From the Lumina Foundation
A new case study website provides a behind-the-scenes look at the University of Wisconsin Flexible Option academic, business and operational models. Lumina Foundation supported the development of at-a-glance takeaways and challenges, which expand to include more detail and resources in six main content areas of Academics, Budget, Communications, Enrollment Management and Technology, Metrics, and Policy at go.uwsa.edu/cbe. Resource materials include an introduction to competency-based education, models, and issues addressed; templates; webinars; infographics; a glossary; and videos such as a website overview by Aaron Brower, UW-Extension dean and vice chancellor, and a policy overview by David Schejbal, dean of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning at UW-Extension and C-BEN board member. Brower, Schejbal, and the grant staff invite feedback through a form provided on the site.
Details and links below
C-BEN's Open to New Members - At long last, C-BEN is officially open to new members! If you know of interested individuals, please feel free to forward this piece to them, located on our website here: http://www.cbenetwork.org/sites/457/uploaded/files/CBEN_New_Member_Brochure.pdf
CBExchange Solicits Request for Presentation Proposals - If you are interested in presenting a session at CBExchange, the Request for Proposals process is open for submissions. Please visit https://cbexchange.wufoo.com/forms/cbexchange-2017-call-for-proposals/ to submit your proposed session no later than July 10.
CBExchange Registration is Open - CBExchange will be held September 20-22, 2017in Phoenix, AZ. Registration for Founding Members will begin next week and will occur separate from the public registration process since your participation is subsidized this year. https://cbexchange2017.eventbrite.com
CBExchange Seeking Sponsoring Organizations - C-BEN is soliciting sponsors for this year's CBExchange. Please encourage the companies and service providers you work with to consider a sponsorship. Sponsorship information can be found at https://cbexchange2017sponsors.eventbrite.com.
Competency-Based Education Network Launches as an Independent Organization, Expands Membership Opportunities
Calls for all competency-based education professionals to join in responsibly advancing the field
June 15, 2017— C-BEN announced today that it is launching as an independent organization and opening its membership to all in higher education who are committed to working collaboratively with other individuals, institutions and organizations to advance the design and build of high-quality competency-based education (CBE).
“C-BEN is based on the conviction that collaboration across institutional boundaries is key to accelerating progress on the toughest challenges facing advocates of competency-based learning,” said Charla Long, executive director of C-BEN. “It’s time to strike out on our own and widen the circle of participation to all who share our commitment to responsible, student-centered innovation in higher education.”
Founded in 2013, C-BEN had been grant funded exclusively by Lumina Foundation, with membership composed of 30 member colleges and universities and four public higher education systems representing 82 campuses. As C-BEN becomes a free-standing nonprofit organization, its first priority is to support the spread of knowledge and expertise in competency-based education by opening membership to all who are committed to innovation on behalf of better outcomes for students.
C-BEN will continue to serve as a convener through two annual membership convenings and through the popular CBExchange conference. The third annual CBExchange conference will be held September 20-22, 2017, in Phoenix Arizona.
In addition to serving as a convener and clearing house for information, C-BEN will continue to function as a testing ground and laboratory for cross-institution collaboration focused on accelerating the pace of problem solving around the key challenges to designing and scaling high-quality CBE programs. The newly formed C-BEN Collaboratory will serve as the research and innovation body of C-BEN. The Collaboratory will be focused on actively supporting the ongoing development of C-BEN’s quality standards and metrics, data and evidence sharing, and participation in the development of field-facing outputs that advance the field.
As C-BEN becomes a free-standing association and opens its membership, it is reaffirming its continued commitments to the following goals:
• Build the next generation of innovative CBE leaders.
• Support the diversity of quality CBE program models being developed across member institutions while creating the conditions for trust, openness and collaboration within its member community.
• Develop cross-cutting standards that institutions can draw on to inform the design or scaling of high-quality programs.
• Foster trusted relationships and a solid reputation with federal and state policymakers and accreditors.
• Provide a state-of–the-art professional development program for staff and faculty interested in increasing knowledge, skills, and abilities in competency-based education design.
• Create a nationally recognized convening that brings individuals and institutions together to learn about the who, what, why, and how of CBE program development and implementation.
“There are hundreds of institutions that are keenly interested in building CBE programs that would benefit from the network to turn that interest into action,” said Laurie Dodge, president of C-BEN’s Board of Directors and vice chancellor of institutional assessment and planning of Brandman University. “We are excited to open the doors to C-BEN, creating a space for all who are committed to promoting and advancing CBE as a strong pathway to high-quality degrees and credentials.”
Information on membership options for C-BEN can be found at: https://cbenmembership.eventbrite.com and details for CBExchange can be found at http://www.cbexchange.org/
About the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN)
The Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) is a network of colleges, organizations, and individuals dedicated to realizing the potential of competency-based education. Members share a commitment to core principles and a willingness to work collaboratively to harness the potential of the competency-based education ecosystem; promote and advance competency-based education as a strong and legitimate pathway to high-quality degrees and credentials for all learners; play a defining role in the growth of the movement; build and scale high-quality competency-based education programs; and advance the latest in innovative competency-based learning practices. C-BEN can be found online at CBENetwork.org and on Twitter at @CBENetwork.
Competency-Based Education Network defines elements necessary for quality program design, implementation
May 3, 2017—Today the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) released the first ever set of Quality Principles & Standards designed specifically for post-secondary competency-based education (CBE) programs. With the continued expansion of CBE programs across the nation, there is a clear and growing need to define more clearly the elements of quality in competency based education.
“We recognize that the future of the CBE movement depends on our ability to clearly articulate quality standards,” said Charla Long, executive director of C-BEN. “Institutions building or refining programs need help making critical decisions about design and delivery, and policymakers and accreditors tasked with regulating this emerging field of practice need clear guideposts and assurances.”
Developed through a year-long process led by a diverse group of C-BEN institutions, the Quality Principles & Standards are designed to be universal enough to apply to all CBE programs, regardless of model variations, but specific enough to provide strong assurance of quality in the development and implementation of competency-based learning programs. During the drafting and vetting process, multiple venues and opportunities were provided for feedback from the field.
Over 100 individuals from institutions and state systems, and more than a dozen experts and regulators working on quality assurance, equity and student success efforts provided feedback during the drafting process. Feedback venues included an online portal and face-to-face convenings held between September and December 2017. Performance indicators for each standard were drafted between January and April, 2017, and will be vetted in a range of venues in the coming months.
“For those of us committed to building a space for strong CBE programs that truly meet the needs of today’s learners, shared quality definitions must be our first priority,” said Laurie Dodge, president of C-BEN and vice chancellor of institutional assessment and planning of Brandman University. “While we know that the Quality Principles and Standards must be updated and refined as the evidence base around CBE grows, today we take a powerful and decisive step forward in creating the conditions for responsible innovation.”
The quality standards can be accessed at: http://www.cbenetwork.org/sites/457/uploaded/files/CBE17__Quality_Standards_FINAL.pdf
and information on C-BEN can be found at: www.cbennetwork.org.
About the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) The Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) is an independent membership organization comprised of regionally accredited two- and four-year public and private colleges and universities working together to address shared challenges to designing, developing and scaling high-quality CBE programs. C-BEN institutions have developed or are developing affordable, high-quality CBE programs capable of serving many more students of all backgrounds. Additionally, member institutions are offering or will offer programs with well-defined learning outcomes and rigorous assessments. The C-BEN Board of Directors, comprising innovators from several participating institutions, guides the work to provide an evidence-based approach to advancing CBE across the country.
C-BEN can be found online at CBENetwork.org and on Twitter at @CBENetwork.
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