Online Learning Update

July 18, 2016

Designing Competency-Based Education for Underprepared College Learners

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

by Amy Girardi and Rachel Crew, Jobs for the future

Despite rapid growth, competency-based programs currently serve a narrow slice of the college-going population. The majority are designed for students who are already well prepared for college coursework; few are intended for students who lack college-level math and literacy skills. This means that the millions of individuals who attend college every year with a need to improve basic academic skills are rarely able to access competency-based approaches. They are disproportionately from low-income backgrounds and often the first in their family to seek postsecondary education. Assessed when they arrive on campus, most end up in developmental education classes of questionable quality and few ever see success in credit-bearing courses, let alone graduate.

http://www.jff.org/sites/default/files/publications/materials/CBE-paper%20070716%5B1%5D_0.pdf

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