Purdue offers competency-based bachelor’s degree

September 9, 2014

Purdue University in Indiana has announced that it will create a cross-disciplinary, competency-based bachelor’s degree. The program was proposed by the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, a “transformational engine” in the university’s College of Technology. The Institute spent a year developing the proposed degree, which will organize student learning around themes rather than “seat time.” A cohort of 36 students will take the program beginning this fall, with instruction being delivered by 18 faculty members from the colleges of Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Technology and Science, and the university’s libraries. Students will study under a faculty mentor who will assess and credential students based on demonstrated and documented competencies as they are achieved. “We hope that this degree program will serve as a model for other Purdue academic programs that lend themselves to competency-based education,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. The US government recently waived some federal aid requirements for certain institutions, paving the way for pilots of CBE programs. Inside Higher Ed | Purdue News