Competency Based Education

  • 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 Another advantage is that the CBE model is disrupting outdated mechanisms for accreditation, forcing everyone in higher ed to think in terms of proficiency rather than seat time.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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  • How a Nurse Used Flexible Online College Courses to Complete His BSN Prerequisites. A StraighterLine Success Story.

    Beth Dumbauld

    A working nurse decided to take charge of his career by earning his Bachelors of Science in Nursing, all while working full-time and supporting a family of five. We’re excited to share Gene G.’s story with you: Advancing a Career in Nursing Gene knew he needed to earn a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) to advance his career. He had worked as a nurse for over 15 years with an Associates Degree in Nursing, but changes in the industry motivated him to go back to school. “I noticed a trend that large employers and hospitals were requiring nurses to get their BSN,” says Gene. “I work at a large local hospital, and if I switch departments, I’m required to earn my BSN.” While not yet required by his employer, Gene determ ...

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