CBE Today: Who Else Besides the Usual Suspects?
There is little doubt about higher education’s increased interest in competency-based education (CBE): 97% of schools recently surveyed by Eduventures say they are at least interested in CBE. Despite this chorus of interest, and outside of a handful of established providers, CBE implementation is diverse and generally limited to programs and courses.
This gap has left critically important questions unanswered: What are the prospects for broader impact and scale of CBE? Can institutions customize CBE, combining some program components and ignoring others? Can CBE, as its proponents claim, enable more institutions to attract and retain non-traditional learners and enhance prospects for long-term employability? Is the sector on the brink of a CBE revolution or might it quietly return to the margins of higher education?