C-BEN Response to Inspector General's Report on Western Governors University.
The Office of Inspector General within the U.S. Department of Education issued an audit critical of Western Governors University’s (WGU) competency-based education programs, suggesting they are not providing the “regular and substantive” faculty interaction with students as is required for federal financial aid. C-BEN responds by calling for the use and adoption of the Quality Framework for CBE Programs to serve as guideposts and assurances to policymakers and accreditors seeking to regulate this field of practice.
The Competency-Based Education Network releases its latest edition of the Quality Framework for CBE Programs. This framework is intended to inform strong program design, and build the confidence of regulators working to create a safe space for responsible innovation.
C-BEN's aim with this work is to provide guidance to the field, allowing institutions to draw on these principles and standards to inform the design, implementation, or scaling of high-quality programs. This framework can provide guideposts and assurances to policymakers and accreditors tasked with regulating this vibrant, and still emerging, field of practice.
C-BEN is Open to New Members - At long last, C-BEN is officially open to new members! Attached you will find the new member brochure which we will post on comp-L. If you know of interested individuals, please feel free to forward this piece to them.
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.
New Tool Provides Institutions with Guide to Plan and Implement Competency-Based Education Programs
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.
CBE Design Planner
Thinking about starting a CBE program at your institution? Here’s your chance to help test a prototype of the “CBE Design Planner,” a new interactive tool designed to guide you through the ten design elements that are key to creating a quality CBE program. The CBE Design Planner has a visual interface that lets you see all ten elements at a glance, and helps you build a plan tailored to your community’s unique needs. Each element also has associated practice indicators for you to consider. The end result is a custom-designed plan that you can save, print, share and edit. The CBE Design Planner prototype is a model for you to explore and comment on so that we can deliver the best tool specifically designed to meet the on-the-ground needs of those tasked with developing CBE programs. Please note that this is a prototype, not a fully functional website, and is designed to collect comments and feedback.
C-BEN Year 2 Report
This report shares the highlights from C-BEN’s second year.
Understanding the Academic Calendar: A Resource Guide
Developed by C-BEN, this resource helps higher-education professionals better understand definitions and terms related to the academic calendar.
Questions Every Financial Aid Professional Should Ask About Competency-Based Education Programs: A Resource Guide
Institutional leaders have many questions about financial aid when they are designing and implementing a competency-based program. Developed by C-BEN, this resource helps financial aid professionals address these questions and best support competency-based innovation on their campuses.
Questions Information Technology Professionals Should Ask About Competency-Based Education Programs: A Resource Guide
Developed by C-BEN, this resource helps information technology professionals support competency-based innovation on their campuses. The questions raised in this document will ensure institutions have the technological systems needed to launch and scale sustainable competency-based education (CBE) programs on their campuses.