40 Years of Competency Based Education

Did you know that competency based education has been around for more than 40 years? That’s almost half a century yet most Americans and even highly experienced and knowledgeable educators are unaware of competency based education. In its early days, competency based education was unproven, the Internet was still in its infancy, and the cost of post-secondary education was affordable. Now 40 years later, college tuition is skyrocketing, the Internet is well established and still growing, and competency based education is has become widely accepted that is now challenging traditional learning methods.

The Center for American Progress issued a recent report, “Meeting Students Where They Are: Profiles of Students in Competency-Based Degree Programs,” which stated that, “one way that some postsecondary institutions are innovating is by focusing more on what students learn, rather than where or how long the learning takes place.” What we find interesting about this report is that many of their key findings are similar to the key principles of our school’s program:

• Demonstrating Competencies
• Credit for prior learning experiences
• Flexible Learning Format
• Importance of a degree
• Coaching, advising, and mentoring

We compared the key findings of the report to the principles of our program. We were not surprised although happy because we knew that our focus on credit for prior learning experiences, demonstrating competencies, coaching, and flexibility are the hallmarks of a well designed competency based program.

Center for American Progress Report

Chicago School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Executive Masters Program.

Credit for Prior Learning Experiences –

You make the most of what you have already done. You earn credit from all your sources of learning.

Demonstrating Competency – The writing is where you reflect on what you’ve learned and demonstrate what you’ve learned.

Complete the Capstone Course to demonstrate your critical thinking from your lifelong learning and varied experiences.

Flexible Learning Format – Working adults appreciate programs that allow them to pursue degrees around their work schedules.

Online Program allowing you to earn your masters degree at the speed that fits your life in as a little as 12 months through our DirectPath

Importance of a Degree – Many of the students we interviewed told us that they had gone back to school because their employers said they could not advance in their careers.

The Executive Masters program is a post-graduate degree designed to accelerate the career and stature of mature individuals.

Coaching, Advising, Mentoring – Advisors play a key role in helping students understand the program’s expectations and keeping them motivated.

We have a team of experienced faculty to evaluate portfolios submitted for graduate credit. The team coaches, advises, and mentors students in meeting the program’s requirements.