A Leader's Guide to Competency-Based Education : From Inception to Implementation, Paperback / softback Book

A Leader's Guide to Competency-Based Education : From Inception to Implementation Paperback / softback

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As interest in competency-based education (CBE) continues to grow by leaps and bounds, the need for a practical resource to guide development of high-quality CBE programs led the authors to write this book.

Until now, there has been no how-to manual that captures in one place a big picture view of CBE along with the down-to-earth means for building a CBE program. A variety of pressures are driving the growth in CBE, including the need for alternatives to the current model of higher education (with its dismal completion rates); the potential to better manage the iron triangle of costs, access, and quality; the need for graduates to be better prepared for the workforce; and the demands of adult learners for programs with the flexible time and personalized learning that CBE offers. Designed to help institutional leaders become more competent in designing, building, and scaling high-quality competency-based education (CBE) programs, this book provides context, guidelines, and process.

The process is based on ten design elements that emerged from research funded by the Gates Foundation, and sponsored by AAC&U, ACE, EDUCAUSE, and the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN), with thought partners CAEL and Quality Matters.

In short, the book will serve administrators, higher education leaders, faculty, staff, and others who have an interest in CBE by:Giving context to enable the audience to discover the importance of each design element and to help frame the CBE program (the "why");Providing models, checklists, and considerations to determine the "what" component for each design element;Sharing outlines and templates for the design elements to enable institutions to build quality, relevant, and rigorous CBE programs (the "how").

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