Powerful Together: Competency-Based Education and Online Delivery

Higher education—and sweeping aspects of American life—were upended seemingly overnight in March. Millions of students started the month on campuses across the country and ended it on computers at home. Now, after institutional leaders have absorbed the initial shock and navigated through the spring and into summer, they’re looking to map out an uncertain future for both them and their students.

Suddenly, higher education is urgently looking for educational approaches that can serve students and the millions of workers whose lives have been disrupted, that help them earn high-quality credentials more quickly, are designed around work-relevant skills—and that can be delivered predominantly or entirely online. CBE is designed to check all those boxes, so it’s no surprise that hundreds of institutions are, for the first time, seriously considering it.