Institutions offering CBE must prove its value

April 10, 2015

The American Enterprise Institute's (AEI's) Center on Higher Education Reform has released 2 new reports on competency-based education (CBE). The first considers employer perspectives on CBE, noting that while awareness is low, hiring managers who are aware of CBE tend to have a favourable view. The report notes that employers lack awareness of the possible benefits of CBE, and that they are often unable to articulate their needs as competencies. The second report looks at best practices for measuring mastery, focusing on external validation of credentials. It recommends that institutions conduct and publish studies to provide research-based evidence that CBE programs are equal to traditional programs at imparting necessary knowledge and skills. Inside Higher Ed | AEI Summary (Employers) | AEI Summary (Measurement)