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Resource Guide to Competency-Based Education: Institutions

A list of resources provided by Truxal Library for researching competency-based education.

2 well established CBE programs, both approved by their regional accrediting agencies and with at least some eligibility for federal financial aid.

WGU serves 50,000 students in 50 states with Teacher's Licensure, Education, Business, Information Technology and Health Professions programs offering both bachelor's and master's degrees, all online and competency-based. Tuition is a flat rate, about $3000 for 6 months, regardless of the number of courses - "the faster you demonstrate what you know, the faster you finish". Appropriate college credits may be transferred in, and education and experience may contribute to faster completion of the assessments. The BS in Business Management is comprised of 31 classes and a capstone project, divided into 121 competency units with 2-8 units per course: 4 for college algebra, 3 for macroeconomics, 7 for strategy, change and organizational behavior. Assessments are Pass/NotPass, with Pass equivalent to a B or better. from Western Governor's University website

 

College for America offers Associate of Arts degrees in General Studies and Bachelor's of Arts in Communications and Healthcare Management, competency-based, online, and built on project-based learning. Students enroll through their employers - programs are in place at large employers including ConAgra, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield and McDonalds, as well as at other companies and nonprofits throughout the U.S. Tuition is a flat rate, about $2500 per year, regardless of the number of competencies. Students demonstrate and develop competencies by completing real world projects: 20 projects in an Associates degree, 40 in a Bachelor's. The Associate of Arts degree is comprised of 120 competencies in 9 key areas: Communication Skills, Critical and Creative thinking, Digital Fluency and Information Literacy, Quantitative Skills, Personal Effectiveness, Ethics and Social Responsibility, Teamwork and Collaboration, Business Ethics, and Science, Society and Culture. There is no traditional grading scale. Students submit a project until they master all the competencies involved. from College for America website

 

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