In 2005, New Hampshire abolished the Carnegie unit—the core unit around which schools typically measure credit hours. In its place, the state mandated that all high schools measure credit according to students’ mastery of material, rather than time spent in class. This policy shift created the first-ever statewide effort to create a competency-based education system.
Employers often provide financial help to employees in earning college degrees and other postsecondary credentials. Employer-provided tuition assistance programs (TAPs) vary considerably in terms of dollar amounts offered, method of reimbursement, and the types of courses or degree programs that are covered.