Regulatory noise stifles, slows rise of competency-based learning.

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Earlier this month, Inside Higher Ed reported on how the Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General is stymying the rise of competency-based learning in higher education—and is at odds with the rest of the Department, which has been enthusiastic about competency-based learning’s potential.

The inspector general released a critical audit of how the Higher...

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