Julian L. Alssid, Chief Strategist for College for America, has written an interesting and highly relevant blog post concerning Competency Based Education. As he states in his post, “Competency-based education (CBE), which is designed to provide students with the skills they need to be successful in the workplace is taking hold.”
Alssid points out that “Today, 34 colleges are offering CBE programs, and hundreds more are developing them. According to a recent report from the American Enterprise Institute, the nine CBE colleges that have student demographic data available enroll about 140,000 undergraduate and 57,000 graduate students. And there is plenty of room for growth. The 35 million working Americans with no credentials beyond high school or college would be ripe for CBE.”
This is a promising trend and a glimmer of hope for the concept as recently reported in several articles including US News and World Report. Hopefully the positive momentum catches on.