Bridging German and U.S. Apprenticeship Models

Aug. 13, 2021
Apprenticeship is an important workforce development strategy in Germany and is growing in prominence in the United States. Intermediaries, or organizations that facilitate the successful implementation of apprenticeship with employers and apprentices, help ensure a successful and high-quality experience in both countries’ systems. This brief from the Urban Institute compares the German and US apprenticeship…
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State of the Field

July 1, 2021
This report presents findings from the 2020 National Survey of Postsecondary Competency-Based Education. The 2020 survey is the third in a series done by the American Institutes for Research. Our goal is to understand the national landscape of postsecondary competency-based education (CBE) and give stakeholders an assessment of the field to inform their actions. Key…

Make It Count

March 11, 2020
This issue brief serves as a primer on past and current developments in prior learning assessments (PLA), including how the strategy can help students bridge workforce and academic competencies, and how it can be incorporated into strategies for workforce development. In the first section, we introduce past and current developments in PLAs. In the second,…

Standardized Components for a Competency-Based Educational Record

Sept. 2, 2019
Higher education today may be under more scrutiny than ever before. As a greater share of the United State and Canadian population attend post-secondary education, holding a credential or having some higher education experience is no longer rare nor necessarily indicative of qualification as it was 50 years ago. Additionally, as costs have outpaced family…

Learning Frameworks: Tools for Building a Better Educational Experience

June 19, 2019
Learning frameworks are tools that specify learning outcomes and/or competencies that define, classify, and recognize educational, learner, and industry expectations of knowledge, skills, and abilities at increasing levels of complexity and difficulty. They are not standards, and they are not limited to academia, but they do allow for alignment, translation, and mapping of learning through…

Moving From the Legacy Student Hour Toward a Comprehensive Measure of Student Learning

May 30, 2019
This publication examines current challenges with the articulation of learning and argues that a new means of articulating learning is necessary. Specifically, drawbacks and inefficiencies developed to accommodate the credit hour measure of student learning are examined. As an alternative, a new competency-based measure of learning is proposed.

The Learner Revolution: How Colleges Can Thrive in a New Skills and Competencies Marketplace

March 14, 2019
This paper incorporates insights from five years of the Education Design Lab’s work with a goal of helping institutional leaders learn from the experiences of their peers. It is designed to support “intrapreneurs” who embrace a mindset shift as the relationship changes between buyers and sellers of postsecondary learning.

Developing an Open, Public-Private Data Infrastructure for the Talent Marketplace

Oct. 29, 2018
This report summarizes and brings to a close phase one of the T3 Network. The report is divided into two parts. Part I focuses on the T3 Network’s vision, guiding principles, and profiles the work groups. Part II highlights the T3 Network’s recommendations, organized as a list of pilot projects that together provide the foundation…

The Carnegie Unit

Jan. 29, 2015
A new report from the Carnegie Foundation examines both the history and effectiveness of the time-based Carnegie Unit, also known as the "credit hour." The report says that while the unit is an important “opportunity-to-learn standard,” the Foundation also supports the testing of new standards, assessments, and accountability models to increase transparency and flexibility in…