Assessment

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.

Studies challenge the findings of 'Academically Adrift'

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Challenging findings of landmark 2011 study, new data suggest that college students make significantly bigger gains in critical thinking. But differences in methodology may contribute to the differing conclusions.

GED faces competition as states weigh two new entrants

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The GED Testing Service is set to launch revised version that adds college readiness. But backlash over cost and access has led to competition from two serious new entrants.

Community college students struggle to meet low academic standards, study finds

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Community colleges expect little of their first-year students, study finds, but students fail to meet even low standards.

Public university accountability system expands ways to report student learning

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Reboot of Voluntary System of Accountability aims to give institutions more flexibility in reporting student learning -- but new options (including non-standardized one) may not have expanded enough to win many converts.

California community colleges release completion scorecards

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California's community colleges get graded with new completion scorecards. Experts say the data are among the best provided by a public college system.

In study abroad, a call for greater intentionality, and ambition

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At annual gathering of study abroad administrators, speakers describe a need for programs guided by more clearly defined learning outcomes.

Competency-based education continues spread

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Western Governors U. and others continue to expand competency-based education amid excitement (and confusion) about President Obama's praise of the approach.

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