Competency-Based Degree Programs Showing Growth

Beth Dumbauld

With only 19% of full-time students earning a bachelor’s degree in 4 years, too many students are spending too much time getting the general education courses they need for their degree.

That's one of the reasons why competency based education (CBE) is increasingly become an integral part of higher ed. CBE measures learning rather than time spent in class, paving the way for students to apply knowledge acquired from experience to earn a degree more quickly and more conveniently, saving both time and money.

NPR Ed reporter Anya Kamenetz highlights StraighterLine as one of several diverse programs offering competency-based options to students in an article she wrote highlighting the expansion of competency-based degree programs. With its affordable degree pathways and self-paced, adaptive online courses, StraighterLine has helped fuel the growth of competency-based education

“The major argument in favor of competency-based programs is that they will offer nontraditional students a more direct, more affordable path to a degree. This argument is especially made on behalf of older students who can earn college credits based on prior workplace or life experience.”

That’s the insight from NPR Ed, which highlights StraighterLine partners, including Western Govenors University.

"Online programs like Western Governors University have "all-you-can-eat" pricing models, where students pay a fixed rate every six months for all the credits they can earn."

Check out Anya’s post to learn more about competency-based programs, how they can save you money, and why online education continues to fuel the growth of competency-based degrees.

Read Original Article at NPR Ed.


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