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Oct 18, 2016
Competency-based education can save money for colleges and students, a new report finds, but the efficiency gains won't come easily or without worries about the impact on academic quality.


May 12, 2014

Sally Johnstone and Thad Nodine describe what Western Governors University has learned as it works on new competency-based programs with 11 community colleges.

May 6, 2014

Southern New Hampshire University's College for America rolls out competency-based bachelor's degrees students can earn for $10,000 or less.

April 22, 2014

Lipscomb University shows what competency-based education can look like in its blended form, both in-person and at a liberal arts college.

April 22, 2014

Incoming students in competency-based programs at Lipscomb University spend a long day trying to prove their baseline skills and behavior, with 30 college credits on the line. 

March 27, 2014

Using big data to improve completion rates, and also to give realistic indicators of how both students and instructors are performing. 

March 11, 2014

A California city makes a pitch for a new engineering campus at the American Council on Education's annual meeting.

February 21, 2014

Competency-based education and more "personalized" degree programs offer false promise, writes Amy E. Slaton, and could actually worsen inequality in higher education.

February 21, 2014

Competency-based education is gaining steam, but questions remain about which forms the U.S. Department of Education will back.

December 12, 2013

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.

October 8, 2013

UniversityNow signs up more than 1,000 students for low-cost, competency-based degree programs without the lure of federal financial aid. 


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