How Competency-Based Education works at College for America

  • SAVE WITH AN EXTRAORDINARILY LOW-COST DEGREE

    College for America partners with employers nationwide to offer fully accredited associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs to their frontline employees at an extraordinary discount versus traditional programs.

    College for America tuition is just $3,000 a year, usually paid in full or part by an employer’s tuition assistance plan. Federal financial aid is available for all of our degree programs. According to a 2014 survey of all CfA students, most expect to graduate with ZERO debt.

  • EARN COLLEGE CREDIT AND A FULLY ACCREDITED DEGREE

    After demonstrating mastery (the equivalent of earning an A in a traditional college course) of each group of competencies, students achieve a goal and earn real college credits. Twenty goals and 120 competencies later, the student is awarded a degree and diploma from Southern New Hampshire University—an 83 year-old, fully accredited nonprofit university.

  • LEARN THROUGH REAL-WORLD PROJECTS, NOT LECTURES AND EXAMS

    All work at College for America comes in the form of project-based learning—often better suited for working adults versus traditional lectures and exams. Projects give students a chance to immediately integrate the competencies they are developing and apply them in a real world setting. Each project helps students learn and use several different competencies.

    See a degree program for more detail.

  • WORK ONLINE WITH A FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE

    Students develop competencies through online work, on their own schedule. Students may advance quickly through subjects they’ve already mastered in their life and career but take time and more support in new areas. Our typical associate’s degree student is on track to complete a degree in a bit over two years, but some students have moved much faster through the program.

  • SUCCEED WITH DEDICATED PERSONAL SUPPORT

    Students’ projects are evaluated by academic reviewers—professional educators with an advanced degree in a relevant field. Projects are reviewed and returned to students within 48 hours, with detailed feedback. If students’ work doesn’t show mastery of the competencies included in that project, they can tackle it again—with help from academic resources, fellow students, or a dedicated CfA Learning Coach who can help them develop a plan for mastery. Every competency in the degree must be mastered to graduate.

  • MASTER SKILLS APPLICABLE TO THE WORKPLACE

    Students earn a degree from College for America by mastering specific competencies that can be applied in their life and career. A competency is a specific, can-do statement such as “can use charts and graphs to convey information”—one example from our AA in General Studies degree).

Degree Programs

 

Students of College for America earn full college credit at a much more affordable price versus traditional degree programs.

 

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Results for Students and their employers

Now I know how to obtain information, determine the quality of data, and create a way to manage and then communicate that information.

Matthew Mahler

Production Supervisor—promoted from Sanitation Lead

BA Student