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The Presidency

Fall 2014

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On The Cover

Jonathan Riskind

​Amid the mounting pressure to produce more graduates at lower costs, interest in competency-based higher education has exploded over the last two years. With encouragement from the U.S. Department of Education and assent from accreditors, both traditional and nontraditional institutions are increasingly taking the plunge.

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    A Traditional, Liberal Arts, Competency-Based Education

    L. Randolph Lowry III

    The president of Lipscomb University, a traditional liberal arts campus in Tennessee, details how and why his institution has embraced competency-based education.

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    Competency-Based Education Is Not the “New MOOC”

    Cathy A. Sandeen

    It’s a scenario that will sound very familiar to anyone who remembers the massive open online course (MOOC) exuberance of recent years: Cheered on by both policymakers and funders, an alternative way of delivering postsecondary education emerges with the promise of delivering more credit more quickly. But competency-based education is no MOOC.

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    Time and Money: How Financial Aid Fits into the CBE Equation

    Dan Madzelan

    This online exclusive discusses the implications of competency-based education on the federal Title IV student financial assistance program.

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    Infographic: What Competency-Based Education Looks Like

    This infographic brings higher education leaders up to speed with a visual outline of what competency-based higher education is and how it broadens the scope of what higher education can be.

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    A Question of Competency

    Jonathan Riskind

    Amid the mounting pressure to produce more graduates at lower costs, interest in competency-based higher education has exploded over the last two years. With encouragement from the U.S. Department of Education and assent from accreditors, both traditional and nontraditional institutions are increasingly taking the plunge.

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