Southern New Hampshire University’s groundbreaking College for America programs are competency-based, informed by employer needs, and radically flexible to fit the lives of the target learner population – working adults. CfA programs were designed with adult learners at the core; these students crave relevancy and control over their learning experience. SNHU gathers data from employers, community partners, and students on a regular basis and uses these insights to inform further program evolution. What makes this possible is SNHU’s dedication to the C-BEN Quality Framework and delivering an intentionally designed and engaged learner experience.
MyWay at UMHB graduate Pablo Venturini (BAS Business Organizational Leadership) highlighted several of the Eight Elements of Quality as he reflected on his journey through the degree. For him, the Intentionally Designed and Engaged Learner Experience was critical. He made the commitment to his family and his employer to earn the degree, “learn things that he is going to need in his life,” then get back to his life. He also emphasized Institutional Commitment to and Capacity for CBE Innovation he encountered at UMHB, saying that new students can succeed because the resources are in place.
Rasmussen College’s story, which centers on CBE graduate Kareem Richards, connects directly to the C-BEN Quality Standards second element: Clear, Measurable, Meaningful, and Integrated Competencies. In the video, Kareem details exactly how CBE, its transparency in learning, and its authentic assessments have prepared her for career dreams in a way that traditional education never could.
By featuring the experiences and successes of a recent graduate and a current student, the stories showcase Brandman’s demonstrated institutional commitment to and capacity for CBE innovation, coherent program and curriculum design, and transparency of student learning.
With the character (student) as the focus, how she shares her experiences with the program, the flexibility it offers and most importantly, how the modality and content has is helping her reach their professional and personal goals shines through. Furthermore, the employer’s acknowledgement of how the program and Brandman has helped their student – and thereby their organization – couldn’t be clearer.