What comptency-based education looks like at community college

May 13, 2014

As interest in competency-based education (CBE) grows, Western Governors University (Utah) has been teaming with 11 community colleges in 5 states to analyze what programs look like in practice. Course development practices varied significantly: some colleges drastically altered their curricula to meet state or industry standards, a process that required approval from the institution. For some colleges, moving to a CBE model required better alignment between course content and assignments and student learning objectives. “Taking the course and building it to achieve specific outcomes from the outset, that was new,” said one educator. The researchers also note that faculty roles shifted from delivering lectures to providing timely tutoring and engagement with groups or individual students. Some campuses also added new support roles, such as a “student mentor” position. Many campus informants said that while they are still developing best practices for CBE, they have noticed that the model tends to be popular with students. Inside Higher Ed