Competency Based Education: A Solution to the Challenges Facing Higher Education in the 21st Century?
Jan Tucker, Ashford University, United States ; Patricia Neely, Higher Learning Institute, United States ; Trevor Belcher, Ashford University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Competency based education programs are considered a viable and popular option to address the increasing demand placed on universities to move beyond traditional program delivery. This paper examines the first stage of research on competency based education and its viability as a cost-effective way to address the challenges higher education is facing in the 21st century. Background on the issues facing post-secondary institutions, an initial overview and discussion of what competency based education is and why this model may be a potential solution to challenges currently plaguing higher education are discussed. Researchers also define key terms, clearly delineate steps to design a competency based program, and discuss important considerations for each institution thinking about this model.
Tucker, J., Neely, P. & Belcher, T. (2013). Competency Based Education: A Solution to the Challenges Facing Higher Education in the 21st Century?. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1093-1098). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).