Competency Based Education

  • Is Competency-Based Education the Answer to an Affordable College Degree? 

    Beth Dumbauld

    With competency-based education, adult learners are quickly jumping on a pathway to a far more affordable and flexible college degree. Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) programs cost between about $2,500 and $6,000 per year, and students can shave a year or more off their overall time to degree. Almost all competency-based learning programs accept ACE Credit recommended courses in transfer – and most are also StraighterLine partners. Where do the cost savings come from with competency-based education? In CBE programs, you pay to learn; you don’t pay for what you already know nor do you pay for “seat time.” The faster you master course material, the quicker your time to course completion and ...

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  • How an Online Student Efficiently Earned College Credits - and Improved Her Health. A StraighterLine Success Story. 

    Beth Dumbauld

    Why does this StraighterLine student look so triumphant? Well, this is Marsha Santos, moments after completing the 5K race requirement for our Personal Fitness (PE101) course! We were so excited about Marsha’s accomplishment that we decided to ask her a few questions about her experience at StraighterLine – and in the course. Marsha Santos’ Online Student Success Story: With children in the house and a health issue that affected how long she could read at one time, Marsha Santos found a way to commit to getting fit – and flexibly earn the college credits she needed for her degree program. Looking for an Efficient Way to Earn College Credit Straighterline was recommended to Marsha by partner college, We ...

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  • Disrupting The Credit Hour with Competency-Based Education

    Burck Smith

    This article originally appeared on the SkilledUp Thought Leadership blog. Even if you don’t follow higher education, you may have heard about competency-based education (CBE) — especially if you are an adult learner seeking a college degree. Programs using this model are often attractive because students can move at their own pace, and CBE can be more affordable than traditional programs. Another advantage is that the CBE model is disrupting outdated mechanisms for accreditation, forcing everyone in higher ed to think in terms of proficiency rather than seat time. And the innovations that result are helping to serve a student body that includes an increasing number of non-traditional learners. What is competency-based education (C ...

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  • A Personalized Model for Adult Learners and a New Partner School: StraighterLine Monthly Partner College Highlights

    Beth Dumbauld

    With the average time to earn a bachelor’s degree now approaching 6 years, it’s critical for adult students to have alternative, convenient and affordable pathways that reduce the time it takes to complete a degree. When you are ready to change your career and need the right academic credential to do so, you shouldn’t have to wait. Competency based education (CBE for short, also referred to as “personalized learning”) shifts the balance between time and learning - it moves away from time being the constant to learning being the constant. Through CBE programs, students can dramatically reduce their time to degree. We are proud that 7 StraighterLine partner colleges have been picked to be a pa ...

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  • Competency Based Education: A History of the New New Thing

    Burck Smith

    The new new thing in higher education is Competency Based Education (CBE for short, and has also been referred to as “personalized learning”). It is an educational approach that shifts the balance between time and learning. CBE moves away from time being the constant (i.e. every student stays in the class for a semester, regardless of how quickly they learn), to learning being the constant (i.e. students demonstrate learning at their own pace, regardless of how much time it takes). Want to see how it works? Take two free lessons on us today! The Rise of Competency Based Education: Earning Credit for What You Know CBE programs are self-paced and online, provide academic tutors and mentors, rely on students passing one or more te ...

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