Header Logo

ASSOCIATION FOR CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION

Profiles in Competency-based Education

A A A

December 2, 2013

FeaturedImage

Profiles in Competency-based Education

The Center for American Progress defines competency-based education, and shares stories of students who have successfully pursued competency-based education, in a new publication.

Meeting Students Where They Are describes the wide variety of formats for competency-based education (CBE), including the direct assessment model as well as competency-based assessment within the more traditional course and credit system. As the authors point out, some CBE is delivered online, some face-to-face and some as a hybrid. The amount of instructor involvement and the types of assessments also vary.

The report profiles several students experiencing CBE in different ways, and notes common themes across these experiences, including: 

  • the rigor of these programs--students expressed how challenging they found assessments
  • the transferability of acquired competencies to workplace settings
  • the value of flexibility for adult returning students
  • the relevance that earning a credential has on career advancement--many students said they went back to school because they were told by their employers that a degree was the only way to advance
  • the value of peer interactions--peer interactions were important for students in programs that provided this opportunity, and those that were in more independent programs missed these connections
  • the importance of coaches, advisers and mentors

The publication went on to recommend policies that promote competency-based education, including providing more authority and guidance on financial aid and alternative ways of measuring progress than the credit hour as well as developing and defining quality standards and competencies by engaging with accrediting bodies and workforce stakeholders.

In related news from Inside Higher Ed, Western Governors University has been working with 11 community colleges over the past year to launch competency-based degrees and certificates, primarily in IT.

My ACTE Login Image

myACTE

JOIN US

Renew · Learn About Membership

YOUR ASSOCIATION

Divisions · Regions · State Associations

CTE Policy Watch Blog

Education Leader George Miller to Retire

Rep. George Miller (D-CA), ranking member on the House Education and the Workforce Committee and winner of ACTE’s Policymaker of the Year Award, announced his retirement on Monday. He will not seek re-election in 2014.

House Passes FY 14 Omnibus Bill With Perkins Increase; Senate to Vote Soon

The FY 2014 omnibus appropriations bill passed overwhelmingly on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 359-67. As we previously reported, the omnibus bill includes a $53 million increase for Perkins! The Senate is expected to vote on the measure before the end of the week. Please take a few minutes to reach out to your Senators and urge them to vote YES on this bill.

Image

ACTE Calendar

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Alabama ACTE State Conference

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Northern New England CTE Consortium CTE Director's Conference

View All Events

Introducing the new
ACTE
Visa® Platinum Rewards card.