Will Competency-Based Education Ever Go Mainstream?

The concept of getting credit for competency rather than classroom time is a wonderful one.

Yet, reported by Education Dive, an American Institutes for Research and Eduventures survey indicates only 5% of institutions have at least one full Competency-Based Education (CBE) program.

Many institutions claim that financial aid barriers, including regulations that govern what types of programs are Title IV eligible, currently stand in the way of broader CBE program adoption. But more than half of survey respondents say their institution has CBE ambitions.

The takeaway? The promise of competency-based education – finish faster and for less money – is an attractive promise for students. But only if higher ed can ensure high standards of these programs are the regulations on CBE likely to lighten up.

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.