Competency-Based Education and the "Iron Triangle"

Demonstrating How Protecting Quality, Expanding Access, and Containing Costs Can Effectively Address the Equity Imperative

Featured Session
Thursday January 22, 2015 4:30pm to 5:45pm

Postsecondary attainment is a cornerstone of this country’s promise that education is a path to a better future.  That promise is in peril, however, and it remains to be seen whether or not colleges and universities will be able to address the “iron triangle” of simultaneously containing costs, enhancing quality, and expanding access to serve many more students of all backgrounds.  This session will explore the role of competency-based education (CBE) in today’s higher education landscape.  Can models that tie progression toward degrees to what students know and are able to do hold significant promise for meeting the nation’s equity imperative?  How do different approaches to CBE meet the needs of different types of learners?  And what are the policy and regulatory barriers to building and scaling CBE models aimed at expanding access, making efficient use of resources, and protecting quality?  The session will also offer institutional models and approaches regarding program design, assessment strategies, pedagogy, and faculty work.

Laurie Dodge
Vice Chancellor of Institutional Assessment and Planning
Brandman University
David Schejbal
Dean of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning
University of Wisconsin-Extension
Alison Kadlec
Senior Vice President and Director of Higher Education and Workforce Programs
Public Agenda
Amy Laitinen
Deputy Director for Higher Education
The New America Foundation
Charla Long
Dean of Professional Studies
Lipscomb University