About C-BEN

How Does C-BEN Support the Field?

C-BEN recognizes that today, competency-based education is still a nascent field with a small number of people and institutions understanding enough to describe it or implement it. To ensure its impact on the future of learning and student success, C-BEN is committed to spreading its knowledge and expertise through programming and support services that can help others move through the learning curve competently – accelerating development, adoption, and continued innovation. C-BEN’s efforts focus on three main priorities: growing demand, building capacity, and removing barriers. 

Grow Demand

To reach scale and build a sustainable movement, C-BEN helps students, employers, and other key stakeholders better understand CBE and its evidence of outcomes for competition, cost, and workforce needs alignment.

Build Capacity

To help institutions and organizations offer high-quality CBE programs, C-BEN equips leaders from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives with the resources needed to be successful in their various roles.

Remove Barriers

To make the design and delivery of CBE programs less challenging, C-BEN seeks to remove barriers currently in place through legislative regulatory or accreditation bodies.

Our Mission Statement 

We are a member-driven community of professionals united in our efforts to build and promote competency-based education as an effective, efficient, affordable and sustainable pathway to high-quality postsecondary degrees and credentials for the growing diversity of today’s learners.

Our Vision 

To be the indispensible go-to source of knowledge, skill and professional development for people and institutions looking to learn more about, develop or implement competency-based education.

Our Values

We value:

  • Authentic long-term relationships
  • Diversity of people, thought and action
  • Giving generously of time and talent so others may benefit from our work
  • Results-driven approaches
  • Evidenced-based, high-quality CBE practices
  • Fresh knowledge and new ideas that generate continued advances in CBE
  • Trusted collaborative and cooperative interactions
  • Humility and optimism in field leaders
  • Making visible and accessible our members’ talent and expertise


Become A Member

C-BEN strives to represent an ensemble of institutions, systems, delivery providers, vendors and others with a vested interest in advancing the field. Membership is open to institutions, regardless of their stage within the CBE program development cycle.

How We Got Started

In early 2014, the network selected an initial cohort of participating colleges and universities; the cohort includes 17 institutions and two public systems serving 42 campuses. The institutions will take part in a research-and-development phase, funded by Lumina Foundation, to provide an evidence-based approach to advancing high-quality competency-based education capable of serving many more students of all backgrounds. A second cohort of 13 colleges and universities and two public higher education systems joined C-BEN in early 2015. The Network is currently comprised of 30 colleges and universities and four public systems with 82 campuses. A Board of Directors, led by Laurie Dodge of Brandman University, was formed in spring 2013 and the network issued a formal call for membership applications in the fall.

Participating institutions either offer degree programs with well-defined learning outcomes and rigorous assessment or are on their way to creating them. The C-BEN Board of Directors, comprising higher education innovators from several of these institutions, will guide the work and periodically will issue additional calls for applications.

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