Thursday, May 28, 2015

Lessons From a Competency-Based Education Experiment - Paul LeBlanc with Jeffrey R. Young, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University, has become a leading proponent of competency-based education, a way to award degrees based on testing and portfolios rather than "seat-time" in a traditional course. Last year the university started a competency-based degree program, called College for America, that has enrolled about 2,000 students. Mr. LeBlanc has been in Washington to counsel the U.S. Department of Education on the issue, as part of a three-month assignment as a senior adviser to the under secretary of education, Ted Mitchell. He stopped by The Chronicle's offices recently to talk about his vision of competency-based education and what has surprised him from his college's own experiment.

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