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.