Competency-Based Assessed Students Are Graduating 59% Faster

Students in competency-based assessment bachelor’s degree programs at Capella University are graduating 59% faster.

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, the promise of competency-based education is that freed from the credit hour, students would be able to progress through the curriculum as fast as their mastery allowed, saving time and tuition dollars.

This experiment at Capella University, now 6 years in, has resulted in a time to graduation 59% faster for bachelor’s degrees, and 42% faster for master’s degrees, along with a 23% higher persistence rate.

The takeaway? While direct assessment programs can be hard to get up and get regulated, it’s hard not to look at this data and be excited about the affordability and accessibility benefits of competency-based education, and wonder if this is an academic path that deserves more of higher ed’s focus and attention.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.