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Credit for Serving

A New Vision for National Service in Higher Education

September 15, 2015

National service provides significant benefits for students and communities, and colleges would be better served to make these opportunities available for college credit to all students, proposes this report from the Center for American Progress.  

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Innovative learning models

Expanding Educational Opportunities for Students: Innovative Learning Models and Student Financial Aid

August 11, 2015

Innovative learning models like competency-based education offer an opportunity for nontraditional students to reach their educational goals faster and at a lower cost than some traditional forms of education, maintains this report from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

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The Student Experience

How Competency-Based Education Providers Serve Students

June 29, 2015

Rising tuition prices and finite public budgets have spawned a lively policy debate about innovation in higher education. In particular, competency-based models have garnered a lot of attention from policymakers, reformers, and funders.

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Rethinking the Regulatory Environment of Competency-Based Ed

AEI Series on Competency-Based Higher Education

May 14, 2015

A paper from the American Enterprise Institute examines current and proposed regulatory frameworks for managing competency-based programming at the state, accreditor, and federal levels. The paper highlights key concerns with and among these systems, as well as recommends strategies for improving oversight of competency-based education.

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Measuring Mastery

Best Practices for Assessment in Competency-Based Education

April 15, 2015

While college costs have risen dramatically over the past decade, degree completion rates have remained stubbornly flat, leading policymakers and advocates to look for new models of education that can reduce costs and raise productivity. Reformers have increasingly touted competency-based education (CBE) as a potential remedy for escalating prices and stagnant graduation rates.

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The Currency of Higher Education

Credits and Competencies

February 11, 2015

Two new research papers, Credit for Prior Learning and the Currency of Higher Education, from the American Council on Education and Blackboard offer insight on the success of two approaches that are creating alternative pathways to college graduation for non-traditional students.

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The Landscape of Competency-Based Education

Enrollments, Demographics, and Affordability

January 26, 2015

Competency-based education, in which credit is provided on the basis of student learning rather than credit or clock hours, has the potential to "streamline the path to a college degree for a significant number of students," says a new working paper from the American Enterprise Institute. The paper offers insight on the definitions, scale, and finances of CBE.

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The Past and the Promise

Today’s Competency Education Movement

October 1, 2014

A new paper from Jobs for the Future outlines the potential of competency-based education models to better prepare all students from all backgrounds for deeper learning and life after graduation.

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What Do We Need to Read and Think About?

August 1, 2014

This paper explains the necessity of understanding the competency-driven curriculum in higher education and attempts to map the definition of competence in terms of multi-layered knowledge. One main takeaway: Competence-based learning requires more than a simple definition.

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Call for a National Conversation on Creating a Competency-based Credentialing Ecosystem

Call for a National Conversation on Creating a Competency-based Credentialing Ecosystem

April 7, 2014

CLASP and the other signatories believe that the time has come for large scale expansion of the use of credentials that recognize an individual's competencies regardless of means of acquisition to improve employer competitiveness, reduce skill shortages, expand career advancement opportunities for workers, reduce time to credential for workers and students, and improve returns of accredited credentialing systems relative to costs.

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