New network sets out to clarify, improve competency-based education

December 13, 2013

A new organization in the US, the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN), aims to share intelligence, discuss best practices, and influence the national conversation on competency-based education, reports Inside Higher Ed. "This national network will consist of representatives from colleges and universities willing to commit time and effort to solving common challenges around developing quality competency-based models capable of scaling or spreading to affordably serve more students," reads the invitation document. Those involved in the project recognized a need to share guiding principles on competency-based education while interest is high. "There’s really a danger of people just repackaging what they’re doing and calling it competency-based education because it’s the buzzword du jour," says Amy Laitinen, a consultant for the project. The Lumina Foundation is funding the 3-year effort, and non-profit research firm Public Agenda is coordinating the work. Inside Higher Ed