Assessment

Association wants to create portable, competency-based general education framework

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Liberal education group wants to redesign general education around competencies, and gets $2.3 million from the Gates Foundation for the project.

White House convenes summit on helping low-income college students

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White House meeting focuses on what colleges have done and can do to help low-income students, with lots of praise and little mention of rising prices and ratings.

WICHE transfer passport is based on proficiency rather than credits

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A multistate transfer agreement is based on proficiency rather than course credits, which might open the door further for models that do not rely on seat time.

UC Davis's groundbreaking digital badge system for new sustainable agriculture program

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A digital badging project at UC Davis is drawing notice, but the innovation looks more like competency-based education than a form of alternative credentials.

Lumina-funded group seeks to lead conversation on competency-based education

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Lumina Foundation creates group of colleges working on competency-based degrees, with goals of defining what works and what, exactly, competency-based education should be.

Controversy and important questions around UConn's proposal to limit outside credits

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UConn's stalled proposal to limit outside credits earned by non-transfer students generates controversy and may be a sign of future tussles to come over "unbundled" degrees.

Debating role of student learning in federal ratings plan

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At annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, much discussion – but no consensus – on how student learning outcomes might (or should) fit into a proposed federal ratings system.

New form of competency-based learning's first batch of graduates

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Competency-based education takes a major step forward in its challenge to seat time as College for America awards its first degree.

Northern Arizona University's new competency-based degrees and transcripts

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Northern Arizona University rolls out competency-based degrees, which will come with a new form of transcripts.

New assessments from testing firms have job-market potential

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Next wave of student learning assessments from testing firms could be boon for employers and competency-based education.

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