Competency-based learning

Ideas for improving higher education's primary role in work force development

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Republican-dominated Washington wants more occupational job training as an alternative to college degrees. But higher education will remain the federal government’s primary job-training system, albeit one experts say could use a reboot.

American Public U's new competency-based degrees do not rely on credit-hour standard

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Big for-profit American Public now offers competency-based undergraduate degrees that don’t rely on the credit-hour standard, but federal aid isn’t part of the mix, for now.

Digital badging spreads as more colleges use vendors to create alternative credentials

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More colleges are issuing digital badges to help their students display skills to employers or graduate programs, and colleges are tapping vendor platforms to create a verified form of the alternative credentials.

Purdue U gets into competency-based education with new bachelor's degree

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Accreditor approves Purdue's new competency-based bachelor's degree, which blends technical disciplines with the humanities and has a customizable approach designed more for a career than a first job.

Education Department's inspector general's high-stakes audit of Western Governors U

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The Education Department's inspector general is auditing Western Governors U over the faculty role in its competency-based programs. The high-stakes audit is relevant to other colleges and forms of online learning.

Amid competency-based education boom, a meeting to help colleges do it right

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With 600 institutions at least in the design phase for a competency-based credential, college officials will meet this month to talk about how to build a program -- and how to ensure its academic quality.

AAC&U's moderate, strong voice on competency-based education and disruption

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Amid talk of higher education's possible disruption and unbundling, the Association of American Colleges & Universities stakes out an aggressive middle ground. Are people listening?

New letters from U.S. and accreditors provide framework for approval of competency-based degrees

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Education Department and regional accreditors seek common ground on competency-based education, including what the faculty role should be in the emerging form of higher education.

Lumina-led group seeks to develop a common framework for credentials

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Lumina Foundation creates a group to develop a framework and common language for the growing number of credentials, which range from degrees to alternative forms like badges and industry certifications.

Political pressure builds for a new accreditation and aid pathway for upstart providers

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Senate Republicans echo the Obama administration by proposing alternative pathways to accreditation and, possibly, federal aid for noninstitutional providers like Udacity, General Assembly and edX.

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