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Webinar on Assessment Delivery and Proctoring

January 13, 2017 by

image006 On Wednesday, January 18, 2017  12 PM ET (9 AM PT/ 10 AM MT / 11 AM CT / 12 PM ET), CBEinfo.org will sponsor a webinar on asssessment delivery and proctoring.  WGU’s Adel Lelo, Senior Manager, Assessment, Evaluation will describe the WGU assessment methods.

For online competency-based programs, test security and assuring student identity is particularly important.  The presenter will share various proctoring models and will give you an understanding of best practices in secure online test delivery methods and scalable online and on-site test scheduling processes. Attend this webinar to hear about some of the challenges and solutions to planning and updating your own test delivery processes. Register here.

What’s New in Competency-Based Higher Education?

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What's NewNews

  • In a video interview, Western Governors University President Scott Pulsipher explains how the university takes a “customer-centric” approach to higher education.
  • Experts say employers are generally accepting of online degrees, but most do not know much about competency education.
  • Kasia Kovacs of Inside Higher Ed makes the case against oversimplifying accountability in higher education—noting that focusing on any single measure too heavily creates flawed policy, and focusing on multiple measures gives a clearer picture of institutional performance.
  • Inside Higher Ed experts foresee a shift toward alternatives to the traditional college pathway with the new incoming administration, including competency-based programs, skills boot camps and employer certifications.

Thought Leadership

  • Charla Long, a competency-based expert in higher education, wrote an article on ensuring quality in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • Deborah Everhart explores the difference between competency-based education (CBE) and competency-based learning (CBL) and offers 5 implementation tips.

New Resources

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December 19: Making the Case for CBE Programs: Evaluation for Improvement in CBE Programs

December 18, 2016 by

screenshot-2016-12-18-05-25-51American Institutes for Research, Public Agenda, and the Competency-Based Education Network: C-BEN are hosting a webinar Making the Case for CBE Programs: Evaluation for Improvement in CBE Programs on Monday, December 19, 2016 … 2 PM to 3 PM ET.
You can register here.

Evaluation for Improvement is the second in a four part series designed to demystify the evaluation process. In this hour-long webinar, you and your colleagues will learn how to use formative evaluation techniques to strengthen existing programs, and how to make sure new programs have opportunities for formative evaluation built in from the start.  Presenters include: Kelle Parsons, Researcher, Postsecondary Success, American Institutes for Research and Matt Soldner, Principal Researcher, Postsecondary Success, American Institutes for Research.  You can find information about the first webinar and other resources here.

What’s New in Competency-Based Higher Education?

December 5, 2016 by

What's NewNews

Resources

Upcoming Webinars

American Institutes for Research (AIR), Public Agenda and the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) are hosting a webinar on evaluation for the improvement of CBE programs on Monday, December 19, 2016 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. Register here.

Competency-Based Education Webinar Series

CBE Info announced the continuation of the CBE for Community Colleges webinar series this academic year. The webinars are free to attend. (more…)

How Competency-Based Education Can Transform K-12 and Connect with Higher Education

November 28, 2016 by

The growing interest in competency-based education was clearly on display at this year’s INACOL Symposium, and we had the privilege of facilitating a conversation of how competency-based education is developing in K-12 and where it intersects with higher education.

The number of competency-based programs are growing quickly in both K-12 system and higher education. Both allow students to advance to higher levels of learning when they demonstrate mastery of key concepts and skills regardless of time, place, or pace. And both recognize that diplomas and credits based on seat-time and barely passing grades have been sending students and families mixed messages.

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We described the similarities and differences of K-12 and higher education competency-based programs but honed in on the many common policy challenges. (more…)

What’s New in Competency-Based Higher Education?

November 4, 2016 by

What's NewDraft Quality Standards

A group of colleges that offer competency-based programs released a draft set of voluntary quality standards to inform the design or scaling of high-quality programs. Education Department officials say this could help prevent the rise of programs that don’t meet the bar for quality. Here’s the draft standards from CBEN.

Field Growth

New CBE Higher Education Programs

New Partnerships

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What’s New in Competency-Based Higher Education?

October 5, 2016 by

What's NewNews from the Field

Competency-Based Education Webinar Series

CBE Info announced the continuation of the CBE for Community Colleges webinar series this academic year. The webinars are free to attend.

There is a growing interest in competency-based education (CBE) for higher education as one of the approaches to accelerate students’ progress-to-degree while assuring the quality and validity. The CBEinfo.org webinars will help those that wish to understand how CBE can work and how they can get started on the development of CBE programs at their own institutions.

For more information including speakers, times, and registration, visit here.

Upcoming Webinars Include:

  • CBE Institutional Buy-In, 10/19/2016
  • CBE Financial Aid, 11/16/2016
  • CBE Course Demos, 11/30/2016
  • CBE Assessment Delivery and Proctoring, 1/18/2017
  • CBE Orientation Courses, 2/15/2017
  • CBE Completion Strategies, 3/1/2017
  • CBE Transcripting, 4/19/2017

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Making the Case for CBE Programs: Setting a Firm Foundation for Evaluation

September 27, 2016 by

computerThis four-part webinar series sponsored by American Institutes for Research and Public Agenda caught my attention. Those institutions of higher education creating competency-based programs need to be able to understand and communicate the value of the program as well as use the research to improve their models so that it can respond to the needs of more students. Below is the information from their email blast. 

 

Making the Case for CBE Programs: Setting a Firm Foundation for Evaluation

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

2 PM to 3 PM ET

Hosted by American Institutes for Research and Public Agenda

REGISTER NOW

As competency-based education (CBE) grows in popularity on college and university campuses, more faculty, program leaders, and institutional leaders want to know what works. Knowing how to build credible evidence through rigorous evaluation is critical, whether your goal is program improvement or making more definitive statements about student outcomes. A new webinar series hosted by American Institutes for Research and Public Agenda helps you do just that!

Setting a Firm Foundation for Evaluation is the first in a four part series designed to demystify the evaluation process. In this hour-long webinar, you and your colleagues will learn how to build powerful and compelling research questions that can make a difference to your stakeholders, and who to engage in your campus evaluation team for the best possible results. (more…)

What’s New in Competency-Based Higher Education?

September 9, 2016 by

What's NewMovements in CBE

  • Salt Lake Community College’s biotechnology program received an $819,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to further efforts in the area of competency-based education. The biotechnology program has partnered with Nelson Laboratories, BioFire Diagnostics and ARUP Laboratories, three local biotechnology companies that anticipate creating hundreds of new jobs in the next five years, for development of new curriculum.
  • Brandman University’s contribution to innovative programs for higher education business and financial management recently earned it the Innovation Award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

Thought Leadership

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Creating a Seamless P-20 System in Illinois

September 6, 2016 by

IllinoisWe do our best to stay on top of which districts are converting and what is going on in the states regarding competency education. But we were totally surprised when we heard about the Illinois legislature unanimously passing HB5729 Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act, which includes a K12 pilot for competency-based education.

Luckily, I got to meet a few members of the incredible team in Illinois, all of whom worked closely together around HB5729, at an Achieve Competency-Based Pathways meeting. Thanks to Ben Boer from Advance Illinois for his presentation.

Here are some of the highlights of what I learned about Illinois’ effort. The emphasis on creating a calibrated, transparent and accountable transition in mathematics is opening a door to much needed conversations between higher education and K12.

Overarching Goal: HB 5729 was created to address the goal of the state’s P20 Council to have 60 percent of Illinoisans have a postsecondary degree or credential by 2025. An earlier piece of legislation, HR477, established four advisory committees that built consensus around the ideas introduced in HB5729. Through this process, a framework for college and career readiness was developed that introduced ideas of personalization and alternative methods of credit acquisition (i.e., competency education). The framework explicitly identifies the concrete steps of career development, college awareness, and financial literacy. The goal is to create a more aligned system that includes K12, institutions of higher education (IHE), and employers. (more…)

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