Competency-based education

Competency-Based Education (CBE) is growing in popularity. It offers a flexible way for students to get credit for what they know, build on their knowledge by learning with a deliberate focus on competencies, and earn credentials that are more directly related to employer needs.

Instead of evaluating student progress on the amount of time spent in a classroom (using the credit hour), students receive college credit based on their actual demonstration of skills learned. Instruction is designed in a way that builds on previous knowledge in a deliberate and scaffolded way. Many CBE programs are structured in a way that allows students to learn and progress at their own pace, which is ideal for today’s adult learner.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO CONSIDER TO LAUNCH A CBE PROGRAM

Our suite of CBE services help your faculty and staff discover and explore the best way for your institution to thrive by using this innovative model.

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CBE READINESS AND EVALUATION

CAEL assists institutions in evaluating whether CBE is an appropriate and viable path that will serve their students.

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FACULTY DEVELOPMENT FOR CBE

Are your faculty members on board and engaged in curriculum design? Are they using appropriate assessment methods? We provide guidance to faculty and instructional designers, individually or in groups, to support the curriculum design.

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CBE PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE

Do you have competency statements that fit the nature of the institution and its programs? Do they also align with employers’ needs? We help with assessment protocols and assessment design. We also provide assistance so that best practices are applied to ensure consistency and portability of the learning over time.

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IS YOUR INSTITUTION READY FOR COMPETENCY-BASED EDUCATION?

ARE YOU READY FOR CBE? TAKE OUR CBE READINESS QUIZ.

HOW IS CBE RELATED TO PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT (PLA)?

PLA, when done correctly, is based on assessment of clearly-defined learning outcomes. Institutions with PLA programs already recognize that it is learning that is important, rather how or where the learning occurred. For this reason, institutions with PLA programs may be good candidates for CBE.

Different institutions structure their CBE programs differently. Where do you fall on the continuum below?

 

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