As educational institutions face increased scrutiny and pressure to improve both affordability and accountability, competency-based education (CBE) programs are gaining traction. With the backing of the federal government and philanthropic institutions such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Lumina Foundation, the number of CBE programs has grown in the past few years from just a handful to hundreds.
Among the reasons behind the growth of CBE programs are advancements in instructional technologies that make truly personalized learning possible as well as the changes in student population. So-called "traditional students" now constitute a minority of student body enrolled in higher education institutions. The majority of students are adults with some combination of college coursework, work experience, and on-the-job training but no degree. To meet the needs of these students, the system is transforming to measure what students know and are able to do rather than how much time they spend in class.
Authentic and reliable assessment is key to determining students' competencies. TIS can help you: