Assessments CBE Huddle: Developments from the U.S. Department of Education – Final Distance Ed Rule and Proposed CBE Definition 

September 22, 2020

The U.S. Department of Education recently released its final distance education regulatory language and a proposed definition for competency-based education. Join us in conversation to learn more about the new rules and how they may affect CBE programs on Tuesday, September 22 at 2:00 PM CT/ 3:00 PM ET.

Register here.


Workshop-Style Intensives: Guaranteed Competent — Creating Competency-Based Assessments to Accurately Measure Performance-Based Demonstrations of Competence 

Since we had already planned a great Spring 2020 agenda, we will be offering this content through workshop-style intensives, all in virtual format. Based on the survey responses, we will host our first intensive, Guaranteed Competent: Creating Competency-Based Assessments to Accurately Measure Performance-Based Demonstrations of Competence, on Thursday, June 4 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. ET, including a 15-minute break (sorry, you’ll have to provide your own refreshments!). We are happy to offer this workshop intensive FREE of charge for C-BEN members (not-yet members, don’t fret, you can still join us!). Register below.

In this workshop, participants will learn the key features of competency-based assessment methods. After reviewing the assessment requirements in C-BEN’s Quality Framework for CBE Programs, participants will learn how to craft an overarching assessment strategy designed to ensure learners can identify, recognize, and demonstrate a program’s required competencies. A number of instructional tools designed to enhance a program’s formative and summative assessment strategy will be demoed. Finally, a method for developing work-based simulations will be shared.


CBE Huddle: Built for Stickiness — How to Increase Student Engagement & Retention

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Have you ever wondered about what other institutions do to address specific challenges?  Would you like the opportunity to peek at the playbook of an institution where CBE has been successfully implemented?  If so, join us for our monthly virtual CBE Huddles. We will “huddle up” to explore a topic of significance, hear different approaches, and discuss best practices. Join us for our first huddle, Built for Stickiness: How to Increase Student Engagement and Retention, to be held Friday, April 17 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET/12:00-1:00 p.m. PT.

Not a C-BEN member, but want to check us out? These virtual huddles are designed for members, but we are happy to offer one guest pass to interested non-members for this CBE Huddle. Send us a note here.

Register here.


CBE Huddle: Distance Education Proposed Regulations 


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Join us in a conversation with Amy Laitinen, Director of Higher Education at New America, Julie Peller, Executive Director at Higher Learning Advocates, Jillian Klein, Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs at Strategic Ed, and Deb Bushway, CBE Consultant at Lumina Foundation on Friday, April 10 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET/ 12:00-1:00 p.m. PT to discuss the proposed distance learning rules. Register in the form below.

The U.S. Department of Education has published the proposed distance education regulations in the official Federal Register, allowing stakeholders the opportunity to comment on the proposed language on or before May 4, 2020 (30 days from the publish date).

The proposed language was largely drafted by a subcommittee of distance education stakeholders, including many from the CBE community, and voted upon unanimously by the full committee. Because the committee reached consensus, The Department has to publish the consensus language agreed upon by the full committee, but they do not have to stick with this language for the final rule. The next step is the 30-day comment period, where stakeholders can make comments on the proposed rule. The Department will take the comments (and its own thinking) and come up with a final rule.

Tune in to get the information you need to submit your comments to the Department of Education before the 30-day deadline. This huddle will be recorded and posted on our website for members to access.

Not a C-BEN member, but want to check us out? These virtual huddles are designed for members, but we are happy to offer one guest pass to interested not-yet-members for this CBE Huddle. Send us a note here to request your guest pass. 

Unable to sign in and register? Be sure to check with your primary member representative for your organization’s login information, or email us here.



Making the Case for CBE Programs: A Webinar Series

Presented by American Institutes for Research, in partnership with the Competency-Based Education Network: C-BEN

Four webinars, presented in pre-recorded modules, can be found here.


Postsecondary competency-based education (CBE) continues to receive considerable attention from advocates, colleges, and policymakers-but we are just beginning to build rigorous evidence to understand whether and how CBE programs are fulfilling those value propositions. Our capacity as CBE practitioners and researchers to build this evidence by evaluating our own programs is critical to supporting the development of quality CBE programs.

This webinar series, previously presented live and now available in easy to access recorded modules, is designed to help institutions use data to understand the effectiveness of their CBE programs and continuously improve program quality.

Webinars in the series include:

* Getting Started with Evaluation
* Evaluation for Improvement
* Using Learning Assessment in Evaluation (in partnership with NILOA)
* Communication Evaluation Findings

View webinars here.