Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Competency for the Traditional-Age Student - Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

The toughest nut to crack for competency-based education appears to be bachelor’s degrees aimed at traditional-age students. But that’s what Purdue University is doing with a newly approved bachelor’s in transdisciplinary studies in technology. And the customizable, competency-based degree from the new Purdue Polytechnic Institute combines technical disciplines with the humanities. Purdue’s personalized, interdisciplinary approach is a promising one, said Charla Long, executive director of the Competency-Based Education Network, a relatively new group of colleges and universities. “Competencies can be developed outside your discipline,” she said, “and be as relevant to your discipline.”

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