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The Rise of Competency-based Education

The Rise of Competency-based Education

Having joined the education vernacular in the 1960s, CBE (competency-based education), is experiencing a resurgence in interest and popularity. Attention on accountability in higher education, student learning outcomes and a related focus on outcomes-based assessment has brought new energy into the CBE movement. Other factors, including the rise of for-profit universities, the increasing numbers of non-traditional students, the desire to move students to degree completion more quickly and even the effort to provide a more transparent and personalized learning experience all contribute to this growing movement.

So, when it comes to competency-based education, what are the challenges and opportunities for higher education institutions to assess and achieve optimal student learning?

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Nazareth College

Nazareth College

  “With Chalk & Wire's help, we created forms to collect annual faculty data (publications, community involvement, and so on) from every full-time faculty; more than any presentation could, this activity showed them the power of the portfolio for the entire college.”...

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Champlain College

Champlain College

  Chalk & Wire has been tremendously helpful at the philosophical level of understanding portfolio thinking and how to effectively use portfolios in an assessment system. As we built portfolio structures, learning tasks and rubrics we were always encouraged to refer...

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