Competency Education

Pros and Cons of the New House PROSPER Act

On Friday, Representative Virginia Foxx, chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Representative Brett Guthrie, chairman of the Higher Education and Workforce Development subcommittee, introduced H.R. 4508, the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act.

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Paving the Way: Remaking Entry for Postsecondary Success

This paper is part of a series recommending specific features likely to help more underprepared students in competency-based education (CBE) settings master college-ready skills, persist in their postsecondary studies, and ultimately earn credentials.

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Building on a Strong Foundation: Linking CBE with Innovations in Developmental Education Redesign

Community colleges are committed to finding effective ways to serve underprepared learners by equipping them with the skills and credentials they need for future employment. In most cases, community colleges attempt to fulfill this mission through developmental education, but that route often can impede or derail the learner's road to college completion.

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Next-Generation CBE: Designing Competency-Based Education for Underprepared College Learners

Competency-based education (CBE) is widely viewed as an innovative alternative to traditional higher education, yet most programs serve only a narrow slice of the postsecondary population. Few are intended for adults who need to boost basic skills in order to succeed in college coursework. However, if designed with the needs of a broader range of learners in mind, CBE could be an important piece of the national movement to increase educational access, equity, and credential attainment.

Three Ways CBE Could Turn Underprepared Learners into College Graduates

Competency-based education

Traditional higher education is increasingly insufficient for many adults seeking workforce success and economic mobility, especially for students whose skills are not yet college ready. It has become critical for learners, postsecondary institutions, and employers to explore new options.

Press Release: Jobs for the Future Names Nine Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows

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Expanding Competency-Based Education for All Learners

This brief explores the potential of competency-based education to meet the needs of underprepared adult learners who would benefit from a faster route to college completion. Interest in CBE is surging, but most programs serve students who are already well prepared for higher education. JFF is leading an effort to examine how postsecondary CBE models can be designed to better serve low-income, low-skilled adults who are not yet college ready. We kicked off this initiative with a convening of educators, policymakers, and researchers, the results of which are captured in this paper.

New Experimental Site Initiative Paves Way for Nontraditional Programs

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced a new Experimental Sites Initiative (ESI). The ESI will allow a limited number of postsecondary academic institutions and nontraditional online course providers to apply for the ability to receive financial aid. This experiment will allow the department to test different ways of disbursing financial aid. The experiment will target MOOCs and other online certificate programs that are seeing a dramatic increase in use by students as the cost of traditional higher education and training continues to soar. 

Educator Competencies for Personalized Teaching

Educator Competencies for Personalized Teaching

This post is by Rebecca E. Wolfe, director of Students at the Center at Jobs for the Future, and Sarah Hatton, program manager at Jobs for the Future.

Originally posted on Education Week's blog on August 21, 2015.

Launching Personalized Teaching in the Classroom

Launching Personalized Teaching in the Classroom

This post is by Rebecca E. Wolfe, director of Students at the Center at Jobs for the Future, and Sarah Hatton, program manager at Jobs for the Future.

Originally posted on Education Week's blog on August 13, 2015.