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CBE Storytelling Contest Starts Now!

C-BEN is now accepting submissions for its CBE Storytelling Contest. We are looking for short, digital stories that showcase CBE programs, students, and institutions. Share your story! Educators who work in competency-based education often cite the transformative and...

C-BEN Releases Quality Framework User’s Guide

C-BEN has released the Quality Framework for Competency-Based Education Programs: A User’s Guide to assist institutions in using and adopting C-BEN’s “Quality Framework for Competency-Based Education Programs”. As the number of CBE programs continues to grow, many...

C-BEN Releases Storytelling Toolkit

C-BEN has released The CBE Story: A Strategic Storytelling Toolkit. The Storytelling Toolkit is designed to help you communicate more effectively about the purpose, value and results of competency-based education. Inside this useful resource, you’ll find a framework...

HCM Strategists’ Release State Policy Resources on CBE

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...

C-BEN Year 2 Report

This report shares the highlights from C-BEN’s second year. Here

Competency-Based Education Ecosystem Framework

A new report  provides the most detailed and accurate description to date of what competency-based education (CBE) looks like from the perspectives of learners, higher education professionals, policymakers and others involved in this rapidly expanding movement. The...

Guidance on Competency-Based Education

On Tuesday, The U.S. Department Education released an extensive reference guide for institutions that are participating in an experiment on competency-based education. Click here to read the full article. Click here to view the reference...

Keeping Up With Competency

Roughly 600 colleges are in the design phase for a new competency-based education program, are actively creating one or already have a program in place. Amid this quick expansion, a group of college officials, including C-BEN and C-BEN members, are meeting in Phoenix...

C-BEN Shares Year One Findings and Discoveries Report

At the March 2015 convening, C-BEN released a first year findings and discoveries report. The report includes a history of competency-based education and the creation of C-BEN, as well as lessons learned and key take-aways from the first year of work. Download the...

C-BEN Announces New Member Institutions

Thirteen institutions and two public systems representing 40 campuses join colleges and universities addressing shared challenges to designing, developing, and scaling high-quality competency-based degree programs. Read the full...

C-BEN Members Invited to Participate in Innovative Experimental Sites

Eleven members of C-BEN have been invited by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in a new round of experimental sites.  The experimental sites will open the door to higher education innovation aimed at increasing college access and providing more...

Experimenting with Competency

Inisde Higher Ed, by Paul Fain The U.S. Department of Education will allow at least 40 colleges to experiment with competency-based education and prior learning assessment, granting them a waiver from certain rules that govern federal financial aid. Read the full...

Experimental Sites Q&A: Competency-Based Education

On September 2nd, Public Agenda hosted and moderated a Q&A session with Dave Musser & David Soo from the U.S. Department of Education for institutions in the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) and Breakthrough Models Incubator (BMI) consortium that intend to...

20 Colleges Are Picked for Effort on Competency-Based Education

Chronicle of Higher Education, by Nick DeSantis  The Competency-Based Education Network, an effort financed by the Lumina Foundation that is seeking to provide leadership on the development of competency-based degree programs, on Wednesday announced an initial group...

Competent at What?

Inside Higher Ed Blog by Paul Fain  Competency-based education appears to be higher education’s "next big thing." Yet many academics aren’t sure what it is. And that goes double for lawmakers and journalists.A new group is stepping in to try to clear up some of the...