Three myths about competency-based education: Separating fact from fiction

Topics: Academic Affairs, Online Education, Online Course Quality, Online Strategies, Student Retention and Success

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Melanie HoMelanie Ho, Managing Director

With all the buzz surrounding competency-based education (CBE), many universities are eager to jump on the CBE bandwagon. But in EAB’s recent research initiative—including interviews with over 100 colleges and universities either with CBE programs or launch plans—the consistent advice from early pioneers is: look before you leap.

Without a doubt, CBE is a pedagogically promising model, and one likely to only improve in its effectiveness as those on the frontier pave the way. However, for most higher education institutions, CBE is not the hoped-for magic bullet for solving our recruiting, access, cost, or completion challenges—at least not yet. To the contrary, EAB research uncovered three prevailing myths about the CBE business model.