Archive: 2015

New Survey Finds Broad Agreement on Functions Required for Effective CBE Programs

Posted on December 3rd, 2015

A new report from the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) reveals that colleges and universities offering competency-based education (CBE) programs have common expectations for program design and that those responsible for designing and delivering these programs tend to be full-time employees with a master's or a doctorate degree.

The report, Faculty and Staff Roles and Responsibilities in the Design and Delivery of Competency-Based Programs: A C-BEN Snapshot, was released today at the C-BEN winter convening in San Diego.



Guidance on Competency-Based Education

Posted on September 23rd, 2015

On Tuesday, The U.S. Department Education released an extensive reference guide for institutions that are participating in an experiment on competency-based education.


Keeping Up With Competency

Posted on September 11th, 2015

Roughly 600 colleges are in the design phase for a new competency-based education program, are actively creating one or already have a program in place. Amid this quick expansion, a group of college officials, including C-BEN and C-BEN members, are meeting in Phoenix next month to share information about how to develop competency-based credentials. The agenda also features discussions about what academic quality should look like in those programs.

Read the full article here.

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C-BEN Shares Year One Findings and Discoveries Report

Posted on March 5th, 2015

At the March 2015 convening, C-BEN released a first year findings and discoveries report. The report includes a history of competency-based education and the creation of C-BEN, as well as lessons learned and key take-aways from the first year of work. 

Download the full report.


C-BEN Announces New Member Institutions

Posted on February 10th, 2015

Thirteen institutions and two public systems representing 40 campuses join colleges and universities addressing shared challenges to designing, developing, and scaling high-quality competency-based degree programs.


C-BEN Members Invited to Participate in Innovative Experimental Sites

Posted on January 14th, 2015

Experimenting with Competency

Posted on January 13th, 2015

Inside Higher Ed by Paul Fain

The U.S. Department of Education will allow at least 40 colleges to experiment with competency-based education and prior learning assessment, granting them a waiver from certain rules that govern federal financial aid.