Competency-Based Education (CBE)

With competency-based education, institutions can help students complete credentials in less time, at lower cost—with a focus on real-world learning that leads to greater employability. This versatile model benefits the student, the instructor, the institution, and the economy.

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Resources

Developing a CBE Program: Four Key Decisions

Developing a CBE Program: Four Key Decisions

Pearson’s experts in competency-based education have identified four strategic decisions in planning a CBE program that are critical to articulate. This white paper addresses how these decisions will inform choices made during implementation and shape the success—or failure—of a CBE program.

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Developing a CBE Program: Four Key Decisions

Defining Competencies and Outlining Assessment Strategies for CBE Programs

This paper discusses the importance of developing assessment strategies that validate student knowledge, as demonstrated by real-world, performance-based measures. Key research is shared to highlight the value of understanding, writing, and measuring competencies.

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A New Measure for Collegiate Learning: What Presidents Think About the Promises and Pitfalls of Competency-Based Education

Conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education in the spring of 2015, “A New Measure for Collegiate Learning,” shows widespread support for awarding credits based on competencies. Completed by nearly 200 college and university presidents, the survey focuses on their attitudes of competency-based education, their experience with alternative forms of measuring learning and the potential barriers to change.

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Measuring Mastery: Best Practices for Assessment in Competency-Based Education

This paper provides insights about how test developers and program administrators can work to validate their assessments and establish performance levels that map to real-world mastery, paying particular attention to the kinds of research and development common in other areas of assessment.

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Competency-Based Education Framework & Readiness Assessment

Pearson’s experts in competency-based education created this tool to help institutions gauge their readiness to implement a CBE program. The framework outlines seven necessary components to consider—from market analysis and program design to admissions/registration and continuous improvement—to help you deliver effective competency-based education.

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Putting Students First: The Case for Competency-Based Education

What is competency-based education? How can we really know that it’s an effective model for improving the state of higher education? Learn more about competency-based education and institutions that are implementing it well.

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Success Stories

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Competency-based Learning Comes to THECB

In this podcast, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) explains the value they see in competency-based learning and discusses why this increasingly popular model of education is being embraced by their state.

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Creating Pathways for More Affordable Degree Programs in Texas

Texas A&M University-Commerce, South Texas College, and Pearson have partnered to deliver competency-based education degrees.

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Defining Competency-based Education at Northern Arizona University

Dr. Corrine Gordon, Northern Arizona University (NAU), explores what it means to be a truly educated person and whether seat time is the best way to measure learning. Hear how competency-based education is being used at NAU to ensure that learning comes first.

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