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Recognizing Prior Learning for Workforce Development

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,…
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Standardized Components for a Competency-Based Educational Record

Competency-based education network collaborator workgroups

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…
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Learning Frameworks: Tools for Building a Better Educational Experience

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

Examining Benefits of a Competency-Based Taxonomy of 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.
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The Learner Revolution: How Colleges Can Thrive in a New Skills and Competencies Marketplace

Reflections from five years of applied human-centered design at 100+ institutions

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.
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National Survey of Competency-Based Education

State of the Field report, Findings from the 2018 survey

Jan. 23, 2019
More colleges and universities view competency-based education (CBE) programs as a model to serve nontraditional students and improve workforce readiness, according to this report from the American Institutes for Research.
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Developing an Open, Public-Private Data Infrastructure for the Talent Marketplace

T3 Innovation Network Phase 1 Report

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…
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Next-Generation CBE

Solving the Four Big Problems Facing CBE for Underprepared College Learners

June 1, 2018
A series of reports from Jobs for the Future examines how competency-based education (CBE) can be adapted to meet the needs of underprepared adult learners and help them earn college credentials to advance in today’s workforce.
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How Competency-Based Education May Help Reduce Our Nation’s Toughest Inequities
Nov. 8, 2017
This paper considers how CBE can be used to educate, equip, and empower learners who struggle in postsecondary learning programs because of who they are and where they live. Recommended starting points — places and programs — are provided throughout the paper to highlight where and how CBE providers can prioritize equity.
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Focus Magazine Summer 2017: Real-life learning

Competency-based programs are helping redefine the postsecondary landscape

Sept. 1, 2017
Summer 2017 issue of Focus shines a light on postsecondary institutions that are going all-in on designing programs that are fully competency-based from the ground up. The stories in this issue shows how powerful such an approach can be, especially for students from varied backgrounds and with a wide array of learning needs.
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