eCampus News Features Our Eight Considerations for Competency-Based Education

“…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.

Steve Pappageorge

As Chief Product Officer, Steve brings a wealth of general management and technology leadership to his role at Helix Education. Having spent nearly 11 years with DeVry University, serving in a variety of roles, he was most recently the dean of the College of Continuing Education, New Programs, and Outreach. Steve earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Lake Forest College and an MBA from Northern Illinois University.