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December 20, 2015

Faculty Role in Competency Programs Still Evolving

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Faculty leadership may not be as strongly felt in competency-based education (CBE) programs as it ought to be. Only 15 percent of CBE faculty and staff members are tenured or on the tenure track and only about one in five (19 percent) participate in shared governance activities. What this suggests is that CBE programs don’t have the kind of independent faculty oversight common to more traditional instructional formats. These results come out of a recent survey done by the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) among its membership, a group of schools that offer competency-based programs. (Competency-based education assesses learning based on a student demonstrating mastery of a given concept or skill rather than on the amount of time he or she has spent in the classroom.)

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