The Dept. of Ed is ending their competency-based education experiments

While higher ed continues to explore new competency-based education models, the Department of Education is ending their experiments.

Reported by Education Dive, the U.S. Department of Education is ending their experiment on June 30th, which allowed competency-based programs to receive federal aid. Institutions with direct-assessment approvals will be able to maintain these programs, and new regulations will be forthcoming regarding the status of CBE programs, but are unknown to date.

The takeaway? Competency-based education holds so much promise for college affordability and also giving adult students credit for their existing work experience and knowledge. How can we ensure the Dept. of Ed continues to see the student benefits of these new models and will continue to partner with us in a sustainable way forward?

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.