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Communicating the Value of Competencies

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Communicating the Value of Competencies

February 25, 2016

Co-authored by Deborah Everhart (Georgetown University), Deb Bushway (Formerly U.S. Department of Education), and David Schejbal (University of Wisconsin- Extension).
This paper provides context for understanding the value of competencies among higher education institutions, students, and employers, as well as structure for improving communication of this value. It is intended to help higher education decision-makers consider how they currently articulate competencies throughout their programs, in the definition of credentials, curricular structures, and students’ own evidence of learning. This paper includes definitions of key terms, problems stakeholders currently encounter, and challenge questions to stimulate discussion and visualize potential futures that address these problems.


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