Educational Technology

June 11, 2014

Competency-based learning makes college credit more accessible for all

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

by The Bellingham Herald

The Washington state community-college system will offer a new route to an associate degree in business that is less expensive and time-consuming than the traditional path, if it’s approved by the state Board of Community and Technical Colleges at its June meeting. The all online, competency-based two-year degree would transfer to four-year colleges, paving the way for more students to achieve their bachelor’s degrees. The program offers great promise to older students who may draw on work experiences to complete their community college credits. It is also well-suited to students who are place-bound and unable to attend classes in person due to family and job commitments. Online learning is already well established in the community colleges across the state. But this would be the fastest and least expensive pathway to an associate degree ever offered at a public college in Washington.

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