Competency-based education (CBE) offers tons of potential for both students and faculty–and while faculty are sometimes hesitant to redesign courses, the majority of students embrace the opportunity to accelerate learning and meet career goals.

CBE projects are on the rise at public, private, two-year and four-year institutions. CBE gives students the opportunity to use their life experiences and skills to further their education and advance their job potential.

Now, new research details how three different institutions have developed CBE programs by supporting both students and faculty.

During its work with various institutions, Western Governors University (WGU) has helped schools and faculty develop CBE programs.

Three schools–Sinclair Community College in Ohio, Broward College in Florida, and Austin Community College in Texas–have worked with WGU to develop their CBE programs since 2013 after received a U.S. Department of Education grant.

(Next page: How the 3 schools crafted CBE programs with faculty input)

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