Northern Arizona University offers competency-based degrees and transcripts

August 9, 2013

Northern Arizona University has developed a second-transcript model that is entirely competency based and without grades or course names for students who take specific online bachelor’s degrees. The courses offered are in fully-accredited, “Personal Learning” programs in computer information technology, liberal arts, and small business administration. The programs are all online, and students can move at their own pace. Tuition is set at $2,500 for a 6-month “subscription,” and students can interact with professors and peers in online forums. Students still receive traditional transcripts as well, to prevent problems transferring to another program or pursuing graduate studies. The new competency-based transcript has received some criticism, but most critics are applauding NAU’s efforts to embrace education based on learning outcomes. Inside Higher Ed | Sample Transcript