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Building a ThinkNation 
Competency-Based 
Education
Agenda 
Why competency-based education? 
Implementation 
Challenges
Guest Speakers 
Sally M. Johnstone, PhD 
Vice President for Academic Advancement 
Western Governors University 
Larry Bank...
Why Competency-Based 
Education? 
What is competency-based education? 
Benefits 
Examples
Flips time/mastery relationship 
Students progress at own pace, receive 
personalized support accelerate based on 
previou...
Outcomes vs Competencies 
• 
Learning Objectives 
Instructional Process 
Learning Resources 
Learning Outcomes 
Competency
Benefits of Competency-Based 
Education
Implementation Strategy 
Forms 
Principles of Design 
Standards & Accreditation
Design Principles 
1. Degree reflects robust and valid competencies. 
2. Students learn at a variable pace and are support...
Standards & Accreditation
Challenges 
Shift in academic culture 
Financial aid eligibility 
Faculty/student approach 
Learning support systems
Standards/Policies
MindTap & & Mott Community College
“Who’s at risk?” 
“Where is the class 
having trouble?” 
“Where do I stand?” 
“How do I compare 
to my classmates?” 
What ...
Questions? 
For further information about CBE: 
www.CBEinfo.org 
Coming October 15, 2014
Competency-based Education: Out with the new, in with the old?
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Competency-based Education: Out with the new, in with the old?

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Presented by: Sally M. Johnstone, PhD - Vice President for Academic Advancement, Western Governors University; Dr. Larry Banks - Provost, Daymar Colleges Group, Competency Based Education Consultant, Wonderlic Assessments; and Anne Gupton, L.P.C., N.C.C. - Counselor and Associate Professor, Mott Community College
Date Recorded: 10/3/2014
The idea of competency-based education has steadily gained traction in the media, but its appropriateness in the educational arena remains questioned. How does this drive critical thinking? Should we measure learning based on the application of existing knowledge, or the ability to acquire and apply new knowledge?

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Competency-based Education: Out with the new, in with the old?

  1. 1. Building a ThinkNation Competency-Based Education
  2. 2. Agenda Why competency-based education? Implementation Challenges
  3. 3. Guest Speakers Sally M. Johnstone, PhD Vice President for Academic Advancement Western Governors University Larry Banks, PhD, Competency Based Education Consultant, Wonderlic Assessments Provost, Daymar College Anne Gupton, L.P.C., N.C.C. Counselor and Associate Professor Mott Community College
  4. 4. Why Competency-Based Education? What is competency-based education? Benefits Examples
  5. 5. Flips time/mastery relationship Students progress at own pace, receive personalized support accelerate based on previous experiences/learning abilities
  6. 6. Outcomes vs Competencies • Learning Objectives Instructional Process Learning Resources Learning Outcomes Competency
  7. 7. Benefits of Competency-Based Education
  8. 8. Implementation Strategy Forms Principles of Design Standards & Accreditation
  9. 9. Design Principles 1. Degree reflects robust and valid competencies. 2. Students learn at a variable pace and are supported in their learning. 3. Effective learning resources are available to students anytime and are reusable. 4. Explicit process for mapping competencies to courses/learning outcomes/assessments. 5. Assessments are secure and reliable. From: Johnstone, S.M. & Soares, L. (2014) Principles for Developing Competency-Based Education Programs. Change Magazine, March/April
  10. 10. Standards & Accreditation
  11. 11. Challenges Shift in academic culture Financial aid eligibility Faculty/student approach Learning support systems
  12. 12. Standards/Policies
  13. 13. MindTap & & Mott Community College
  14. 14. “Who’s at risk?” “Where is the class having trouble?” “Where do I stand?” “How do I compare to my classmates?” What can I do differently?
  15. 15. Questions? For further information about CBE: www.CBEinfo.org Coming October 15, 2014

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