Competency Based Education

  • StraighterLine, a Higher Ed "Disruptor in the Making"?

    Beth Dumbauld

    In colleges today, 28% to 40% of students enroll in at least one re­medial course, but only 17% of students who enroll in re­medial reading and only 27% students who enroll in remedial math end up earning their bachelor's degree. As a result, too many unprepared students enroll in college and end up spending too much money on courses that lead to nowhere but a mountain of debt. In comparison, StraighterLine students are well-prepared for success in an online learning environment, better understand what to expect in a formal degree program, and achieve higher graduation rates. Higher ed consultant and commentator Lloyd Armstrong places a spotlight on StraighterLine and its ability to prepare students for success in a rigorous o ...

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  • 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 deg ...

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  • Over 40 and Trying to Compete for the Top Jobs?  

    Over 40 and Trying to Compete for the Top Jobs?  
    Beth Dumbauld

    Has it been a few years (or decades) since your last final exam? Now is a great time to pick up some new knowledge and skills, and improve your career prospects in the process. Whether you are looking for a promotion or a new job, it’s always a great idea to shore up your experience by taking online courses. Online education is an excellent option for students of all ages—and it’s a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to stay current and relevant in a tough job market. Want to try an online class? Take two free lessons on us today! Employment Challenges After 40 Entering the job market after you hit the big 4-0 can be a bit daunting. Older workers tend to spend significantly more time looking for a job than younger people do ...

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  • 3 Ways Studying Intro to Nutrition Can Help You Eat Smarter, Be Healthier

    3 Ways Studying Intro to Nutrition Can Help You Eat Smarter, Be Healthier
    Beth Dumbauld

    Introduction to Nutrition is the study of how nutrition affects health. It also help you explore how psychology, society, and your own values and beliefs affect what and how you eat. It's an important subject for those looking to eat smarter and live healthier, and it is probably the most accessible and relevant online general education science course you can study once you enroll in a college class. 1. Develop Smart Eating Habits You’ll gain really important insights about food and nutrition. Better yet, your knowledge of nutrition will have very practical applications in your own life, such as making informed decisions around snacking or how to fuel your athletic activities. Also, every health care field require ...

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  • This May Be the Best Strategy to Make College More Affordable

    This May Be the Best Strategy to Make College More Affordable
    Beth Dumbauld

    Today’s post is the ninth in a series of practical tips on how to save money on college. Today’s saving money on college tip is: Graduate on time. According to a recent report by Complete College America, only 19% of full-time students end up earning their bachelor's degree on time at most public universities in the United States. Even at flagship public universities school within each state, only 36% of students graduate in four years. At community colleges, only 5% of full-time students graduate in two years. "Hands down, our best strategy to make college more affordable and a sure way to boost graduation rates overall is to ensure that many more students graduate on time." On Time Graduation Rates by Degree Type 1- T ...

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