The underlying idea behind the model is pretty simple: Design course completion around a student’s mastery of a topic, not around the amount of time that they sit through classes.
With most programs, students follow a carefully designed curriculum that leads them through specific learning objectives. They then demonstrate proficiencies by completing a series of demanding tests, writing assignments and other assessments.
This student-centric model creates a more reliable way for colleges and universities to make sure students have acquired the skills and knowledge they need to graduate. It also makes it possible for learners to move at their own pace.
Peter Starr, who participated in the competency-based program at Purdue Polytechnic Institute, said the plan’s flexibility let him use his time more efficiently; he could breeze past objectives he already understood and devote extra effort to those he didn’t.
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