uWisconsin receives approval for CBE program

September 5, 2014

The University of Wisconsin System has received approval from the US Department of Education to offer a self-paced, competency-based education (CBE) program. The new arts and science associate degree is a form of CBE called direct assessment, which is not based on a traditional credit-hour standard. The degree will add to existing competency-based programs offered by uWisconsin within its UW Flexible Option, most of which are certificate programs. Students enrolled in the new CBE program will be eligible for federal financial aid; uWisconsin is the first publicly funded institution to receive such approval. The US government recently waived some federal aid requirements for certain institutions in order to allow them to test CBE programs. The Clayton Christensen Institute recently said that online CBE is the innovation most likely to disrupt the PSE sector. Inside Higher Ed