“…competency-based education (CBE) is becoming a must for any higher education institution looking to serve a broader pool of 21st-century students,” says Meris Stansbury at eCampus News.
We couldn’t agree more. But knowing exactly where to start when planning for and implementing a CBE program can be a challenge given the different models and policies at stake.
Our team here at Helix Education recently published a list of questions for institutions to ask when getting started with CBE, and eCampus News used that list as the basis for its article, “8 Key Considerations for Competency-Based Education.”
For example, if you are considering adding CBE to your offerings:
- Have you thought about who should be involved from a strategic planning and management perspective from multiple levels within your institution?
- How will you address policies pertaining to credit hours, transfers, provisions for prior learning assessments, course requirements, course loads, pricing, and financial aid?
- Will admissions, academic requirements, student finance and student services meet the same criteria for CBE and traditional programs?
- How will you handle accreditation and federal reporting requirements?
The list is long, but answering these questions right from the start will help you create the foundation for a successful CBE program. After all, it seems CBE is paving the way for institutions to better support the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s students.