Big Audacious Conversation About Competency-Based Education

Competency-based education is the latest higher education hot topic (move over MOOCs). In 2013, the Department of Education and the President encouraged institutions to consider incorporating CBE programs to aid attainment and affordability goals, and provided guidance for offering federal financial aid.

For more on CBE, consider attending WCET's Leadership Summit.

As CBE moves into the mainstream, more and more institutions are considering developing programs. What are some of the most important considerations? Join WCET for a webcast conversation on March 13 to learn more about CBE. Presenters include Mary Alice McCarthy, senior policy analyst with the New America Foundation, and Linda Howdyshell, college provost and senior vice president for academics and student success at Broward College for a Big Audacious Conversation about Competency-Based Education.

In 2012, Broward College redesigned one of its programs to a competency-based model to improve student success and completion in the program. So far, the new program is promising, but there were many hurdles to overcome. The new America Foundation is a key player in a new national competency-based network funded by the Lumina Foundation. One of the goals of the new America Foundation is to create more Pathways to good jobs and good credentials. The foundation supports the creation of more types of credentials that have a labor market value. Both presenters will share valuable lessons learned and advice to institutions considering program redesign to a competency-based model.




MaryAlice McCarthyMary Alice McCarthy
Senior Policy Analyst,
Higher Education Initiative,
New America Foundation



Linda HowdyshellLinda Howdyshell
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academics and Student Success,
Broward College





Vernon SmithVernon Smith
Special Consultant to the Provost for Online Programs,
Mount St. Mary's




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