University of Maine at Presque Isle drops grades for proficiencies across its curriculums

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is moving away from grades to competency-style education for all of its academic programs, with an announcement that both drew praise and raised questions.

Sarah Lawrence creates its own assessment tool, bypassing standardized tests

Sarah Lawrence, faced with the pressure to assess student learning, bypasses the commonly used tools and invents its own approach. It's not nationally normed, and this college is proud of that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Subscribe to RSS - Assessment
Back to Top