A Leader's Guide to Competency-Based Education
From Inception to Implementation

Foreword by Amy Laitinen
Paper: 978 1 62036 593 9 / $29.95
Published: September 2018  

Cloth: 978 1 62036 592 2 / $95.00
Published: September 2018  

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Published: September 2018  

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Published: September 2018  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
176 pp., 6" x 9"
8 figures, 19 tables
As interest in competency-based education (CBE) continues to grow by leaps and bounds, the need for a practical resource to guide development of high-quality CBE programs led the authors to write this book. Until now, there has been no how-to manual that captures in one place a big picture view of CBE along with the down-to-earth means for building a CBE program.

A variety of pressures are driving the growth in CBE, including the need for alternatives to the current model of higher education (with its dismal completion rates); the potential to better manage the iron triangle of costs, access, and quality; the need for graduates to be better prepared for the workforce; and the demands of adult learners for programs with the flexible time and personalized learning that CBE offers.

Designed to help institutional leaders become more competent in designing, building, and scaling high-quality competency-based education (CBE) programs, this book provides context, guidelines, and process. The process is based on ten design elements that emerged from research funded by the Gates Foundation, and sponsored by AAC&U, ACE, EDUCAUSE, and the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN), with thought partners CAEL and Quality Matters. In short, the book will serve administrators, higher education leaders, faculty, staff, and others who have an interest in CBE by:
• Giving context to enable the audience to discover the importance of each design element and to help frame the CBE program (the “why”);
• Providing models, checklists, and considerations to determine the “what” component for each design element;
• Sharing outlines and templates for the design elements to enable institutions to build quality, relevant, and rigorous CBE programs (the “how”).

Table of Contents:
Foreword by Amy Laitinen

1) Institutional Culture
2) Program Design
3) Assessment Essentials and Strategies
4) The Learning Journey
5) Faculty and Staff Models and Considerations
6) Business Models, Processes, and Systems
7) Approval Considerations
8) Conclusion and Next Steps

About the Authors


Reviews & Endorsements:
"More than a community of practice, the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) has functioned as an ongoing action-based research project to progressively and reflectively study the problems of developing competency-based education within current educational structures and advancing practical and effective solutions for its community. The authors of this book, hands-on leaders of the C-BEN network from the start, are sharing these lessons learned within a practical framework for application in a realistic, current-day context. This book is a go-to resource for those charged with developing or advancing a successful CBE program at their institution."
- Deb Adair, Executive Director of Quality Matters
"A Leader's Guide is the first book of its kind to offer institutional and program leaders the type of clear, practical advice needed to design, implement, and sustain a competency-based education program in today's higher education environment. The authors address some of the most pressing questions we hear from practitioners on an almost daily basis, including how to best structure the student learning journey, leverage the expertise of faculty and learning support staff, and navigate an often complex regulatory and accreditation environment. It's a must read for new and experienced CBE educators alike."
- Kelle Parsons and Matthew Soldner , American Institutes for Research