Competency-based education holds promise, but we need more data: Opinion

December 6, 2019

If recent studies demonstrate that a majority of higher ed institutions are interested in adopting competency-based education (CBE), why are so few schools offering CBE programs? asks Charla Long. The author argues that It is challenging to collect data regarding best practices and student outcomes with CBE programs because few postsecondary institutions meet the threshold of a CBE program, and even fewer provide the most progressive form of CBE, direct assessment. The author notes that there are several preliminary reports that confirm that American CBE programs decrease time of degree completion, reduce student tuition cost, and increase access to higher ed. Nevertheless, Long concludes that, “we need far more information about what works and what doesn’t in competency-based education.” Inside Higher Ed (International)