Postsecondary Competency-Based Education
Postsecondary competency-based education (CBE) is receiving considerable attention from advocates, colleges, and policymakers as a way to help more students complete high-quality postsecondary credentials in less time and at a lower cost—but we're just beginning to build rigorous evidence to understand whether CBE programs are fulfilling those value propositions.
Our work is aimed at building evidence about student outcomes in CBE and providing tools to program leaders and researchers to support local evaluation and continuous improvement efforts.
This resource, based on the work of the CBE Student Outcomes Research Collaborative, shares measures of student progression tailored to the flexible nature of CBE programs and the student populations they commonly serve. These metrics are designed primarily to equip program leaders, institutional researchers, and program faculty to examine students’ experiences and continuously improve their programs.
This series of “explainers” provides brief summaries of the existing research on CBE. This series is intended to be useful for practitioners, program leaders, and researchers—both those already working in CBE and those interested in pursuing work in this area.
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