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Competency-based education and federal student aid

March 4, 2014

Competence-based education (CBE) is increasingly popular because of the flexibility it provides for students seeking a postsecondary credential. While CBE programs have terms of study like traditional higher education programs, students become proficient at competencies at their own pace. Because learning can occur outside the classroom, students can earn degrees at a distance, and fit school around their schedules. Flexibility in time and place and a focus on demonstrated learning make CBE an ideal way to promote access for students traditionally underserved by higher education – often first-generation working adults who seek a credential but cannot fit traditional approaches into their lives – and potentially reduce costs and time to degree.

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Cracking the Credit Hour

September 4, 2012

Imagine a woman named Juliana. Like many 18-year-old high school graduates, she isn’t sure what she wants to do when she grows up. Although neither of her parents went to college, they had long set the expectation that she would. Juliana and her family can’t afford the expensive four-year college, so she enrolls in the local community college, working toward her associate degree.

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