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Why more schools are turning to competency-based education for job skills


Posted In: Academics, CFA News

Nov • 17 • 2015

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Competency-based education has been around for decades, but it’s only been in the last few years that it has finally garnered appropriate recognition from the higher education community. A few front runners—including College for America at Southern New Hampshire University, Western Governor’s University, and Capella University—have normalized competency-based approach, and universities nationwide are now adopting their own programs.

In “More Schools Turn to Competency-Based Education to Teach In-Demand Job Skills,” GoodCall discusses how a growing number of traditional and online colleges are now promoting these programs to improve relationships with employers and workplace-applicable skills development.

“The reason employers really understand competency-based education is because that’s their language,” says Kate Kazin, Chief Academic Officer of College for America at Southern New Hampshire University, an institution geared toward working adults. “When employers are thinking about who they will hire, they talk about what competencies they need,” not what degree the candidate has.

The article explains how competency-based education stresses the importance of mastering skills and not the amount of time spent in the classroom. It also explores how:

  • Students learn at their own pace.
  • Competency-based programs have grown more than 1000 percent.
  • Competency-based education is popular in areas where there are skills shortages.
  • Online schools are leading the way.

Read the full article to understand why more schools are turning to competency-based education to teach in-demand job skills.

Read the article on GoodCall