Archive: 2017

HCM Strategists' Release State Policy Resources on CBE

Posted on November 7th, 2017

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:

Below is a full complete list of HCM Strategists' recently-released resources: 

State Policy Considerations for Supporting Competency-Based Education in Higher Education

Understanding Competency-Based Education Toolkit

Exploring State Financial Aid Policies to Set a More Supportive Context for Competency-Based Higher Education in Kentucky

Setting a Supportive State Environment By Integrating CBE into Workforce Development Efforts

Incorporating Competency Into a State's Higher Education Strategic Plan - Indiana's Strategic Planning Process

State Policy Consideration for Aligning State CBE Efforts Across Education Levels in Arizona

State Policy Consideration for Incorporating CBE in Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System

Topics: cbe, policy, state, higher education

Brand New Case Study Website That Explores University of Wisconsin Flexible Option Academic, Business and Operational Models Launched With Support From the Lumina Foundation

Posted on July 19th, 2017

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 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.

Topics: cbe

Important Announcements from C-BEN About Membership and Upcoming CBExchange Conference!

Posted on June 15th, 2017

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:

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 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.

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

Topics: cbeexchange, new members, sponsorship

Competency-Based Education Network Launches as an Independent Organization, Expands Membership Opportunities

Posted on June 15th, 2017

Quality Principles and Standards Released for Competency-Based Education Programs

Posted on May 2nd, 2017

Contact: Teresa Valerio Parrot


teresa [at] tvpcommunications [dot] com


Quality Principles and Standards for Competency-Based Education Programs Released

Competency-Based Education Network defines elements necessary for quality program design, implementation

May 3, 2017Today 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:

 and information on C-BEN can be found at:



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 and on Twitter at @CBENetwork.

Topics: quality, cbe, standards, principles