Online Learning Update

August 19, 2017

CBE programs face challenges of growth at many institutions, report finds #highered

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

For mainstream colleges and universities, competency-based education programs remain the exception to the norm, and “program stability and institutional readiness” are vital to their success, according to the second annual report on CBE programs from Eduventures, in conjunction with Ellucian and the American Council on Education.  The report found the most successful programs come from the institutions where CBE programs where not brand new, but were receiving revived interest from institutions and educators. The schools with effective programs also more often used experienced individuals from within the institution, rather than outside hires or consultants.  The analysis concludes that progress on instituting new CBE programs in a widespread manner will be “incremental,” with the heads of many CBE programs reporting that they had become used to the halting momentum of creating such programs. Schools working to institute these options should conduct a “self-assessment of institutional readiness” in order to prepare, the report stated.

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