The Mechanics of Competency-Based Education, Part 2

Building on a partnership that began with WCET helping bring WGU to inception in the mid-90’s, WCET and WGU are partnering on a webcast series to bring the WCET Community nuts and bolts strategies for implementing competency-based education. WGU pioneered CBE beginning with the first competency-based MBA in 2004 and continues to lead innovation with CBE delivery and exceptional student services. Learn how to successfully launch CBE at your institution from two WGU experts.

Register for one or both webcasts. They will be recorded and made available on the WCET YouTube channel.

March 14, Noon MDT
Part 2: Mentoring for Student Success with CBE Courses

The second webcast will feature mentors and students sharing their experiences with CBE. Learn how your institution can implement a student-centered CBE model and the role student support, including mentoring, can play in helping students achieve learning outcomes and persist. CBE learners typically achieve course completion more rapidly than traditional coursework. Mentors can help ensure learners have the support and resources they need.

  • Understand CBE from the student experience.
  • Learn how mentoring compliments CBE.

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The webcasts are provided free and open to all.

View details about Part 1 of this webcast below.

January 24, 11:00 AM MST
Part 1: Changing A Traditional Curriculum to CBE: What it Takes and How it Happens

This webcast offers a detailed overview of each of the steps required to convert from a traditional seat-time curriculum and adapt to a competency-based model. The presentation will address challenges to meeting and maintaining all federal and state requirements.

The session will include a discussion of the benefits of scaffolding curriculum to reduce the burden, both fiscal and physical, required when making necessary changes to the curriculum based on state-specific requirements. Student feedback on the experience of CBE education will also be included.

Outcomes to be addressed:

  • Discuss characteristics that support the CBE model.
  • Identify practices to support the conversion of traditional-based programming to the CBE model of preparation.
  • Strengths and challenges to support the conversion of the traditional-based programming to CBE model.

The webcasts will be recorded and available on the webpage with captions shortly after the live session. If you prefer live captioning during the webcast, please contact us.


Charles Hossler Chuck Hossler
Manager of Compliance and Accreditation for the College of Health Professions,
Western Governors University
Chuck Hossler has served as Western Governors University’s manager of compliance and accreditation for the College of Health Professions since June 2016. Hossler previously served 12 years in various leadership roles as associate dean and acting dean for the College of Health at South University and associate dean at the College of Health, Marshall University. He led the development of seven new school or programs at MU including curriculum development and the accreditation process. Hossler serves as a site visitor for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


Verna LoweVerna Lowe
Senior Manager of Compliance and Accreditation for Education Preparation,
Western Governors University
Verna Lowe has served as Western Governors University’s senior manager of compliance and accreditation for Educator Preparation since July 2016. Lowe has served for more than 20 years in higher education in leadership roles as dean of Education for both independent and public institutions, assistant to the President, and as VP for Compliance. She has also served as a board member for the AACTE, NCATE Board of Examiner, NCATE Unit Accreditation, member of CAEP, and as a Commissioner for the Education Commission of the States.



Cali MorrisonCali MK Morrison
Associate Dean, Alternative Learning
American Public University System
Cali M.K. Morrison, Ed.D. is associate dean, alternative learning at American Public University System. Previously Cali was the assistant director, communications and analysis at the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET). Current research interests include competency-based education and the future of credentials. Cali lives near Bozeman, MT with her custom homebuilder hubby, two daughters, and dogs where she is active in the community, especially with Bozeman Area Community Foundation, Thrive, and Girls for a Change.