Imagine a college program where there’s no required reading or weekly assignments. Where teachers no longer teach class or hand out grades, the Star Tribune reports.

Welcome to FlexPath, a new twist in online education, which is making its debut in October at Capella University in Minneapolis.

The program, one of the first of its kind in the country, is built entirely around the idea that people should be able to earn a degree by proving what they know, not by sitting in class.

It’s part of a trend called “competency-based” education, which is putting a provocative new spin on what it means...

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