The shape and depth of competency-based education (CBE) shifts each time a college or university starts a CBE program, because each institution’s needs are different. Generally speaking, however, CBE programs distinguish themselves by “clearly defining and communicating what their graduates are required to know and be able to do,” according to a report for the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. What follow are cross-sections of postsecondary elements meant to illustrate a spectrum of CBE, from the more traditional to the more experimental.
While necessarily non-exhaustive, this infographic gives a quick introduction to how learning and other aspects of college and university work can differ according to how much CBE is applied.
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