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New Tool Provides Institutions with Guide to Plan and Implement Competency-­‐Based Education Programs

June 23rd, 2016

The Competency‐Based Education Network (C-BEN) today released an interactive CBE Design Planner tool that allows institutions to plan for designing, developing and scaling high-quality competency-based education (CBE) programs capable of serving students of all backgrounds. The tool is the latest resource developed by C-BEN, which serves as a network of institutions as they create and offer degree programs with well-defined learning outcomes and rigorous assessment.

Access the CBE Design Planner here.

Download Press Release here.

C-BEN Year 2 Report

April 21st, 2016

This report shares the highlights from C-BEN’s second year.

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New Checklist Will Help Ensure Competency-Based Programs Comply with Federal Financial Aid Policies

April 14th, 2016

The Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) has released an urgently needed planning resource to help financial aid officers ensure that competency-based education programs are designed and offered in ways that allow students to pay tuition, fees, and living expenses using federal grants and loans. C-BEN released the financial aid checklist and a related academic calendar tool in advance of its meeting April 20-22 in Santa Fe, N.M.

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Click here to view the financial aid checklist.

Click here to view the academic calendar tool.

Competency-Based Education Ecosystem Framework

January 13th, 2016

A new report  provides the most detailed and accurate description to date of what competency-based education (CBE) looks like from the perspectives of learners, higher education professionals, policymakers and others involved in this rapidly expanding movement. The report gives everyone involved in CBE programs a baseline understanding and common language to guide the development of high-quality programs. The Competency-Based Education Ecosystem Framework is part of a multipronged effort led by Public Agenda, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation. This effort responds to calls from higher education for more resources to so support planning and decision-making around competency-based degrees.

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Click here to view the full report.

Survey of the Shared Design Elements & Emerging Practices of CBE Programs

January 6th, 2016

Faculty, administrators and staff at colleges and universities with competency-based education (CBE) programs share near universal agreement regarding essential elements of strong CBE programs, according to a new survey from Public Agenda. Survey of the Shared Design Elements & Emerging Practices of Competency-Based Education Programs is the largest survey to date on CBE in higher education. The survey provides baseline data on the adoption, importance and implementation challenges of core CBE elements.

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Click here to view the survey report.