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What Competency-Based programs and services does the Higher Learning Institute provide?

The Higher Learning Institute offers a variety of services around CBE.  For educational institutions, we provide expertise in designing CBE programs from developing competencies and learning objectives to writing assessments and performance tasks. Our experienced, credentialed consultants can train faculty on developing CBE programs, write competencies and objectives, and develop formative and summative assessments including test items, projects, cases, presentations, and simulations.

What is Competency-Based Education?

Definitions of competency-based education (CBE) abound on the internet. A web search will quickly provide multiple definitions of CBE. At the Higher Learning Institute, we have defined CBE as: “A performance-based approach to learning where students master competencies through a variety of learning pathways and demonstrate their knowledge and skills on assessments designed to measure competency.”   

Assessment Design and Development Services

The consultants at the Higher Learning Institute have over 30 years experience building assessments for competency based programs. From developing performance tasks like projects, papers, presentations, and capstones to developing objective exams and writing test items, we would be
happy to provide support to your assessment development efforts. We can also assist with development of overall assessment plans. For additional information on services or to set up an appointment to discuss your assessment
development needs, contact us at info@higherlearninginstitute.org

What are the advantages of Competency-Based Education?

For students, the advantages are significant. First, students can leverage their prior learning to move more quickly through a degree program as CBE allow students to use prior learning to quickly earn college credits.  Second, students can move at their own pace through CBE by scheduling their studies around work and family commitments. Third, CBE can be less-expensive than other online degrees. Finally, with CBE programs, students can learn anytime and anyplace. 

For employers, certificates and degrees from a CBE demonstrates that learners have not only knowledge, but also skills that will allow them to add value to the organization on the first day on the job. CBE can be the shortest route to a skilled workforce. 

For colleges and universities, CBE programs create access to higher education for students not bound by time or place. Clearly defined learning outcomes and assessment processes allow colleges to meet requirements from accrediting bodies around measuring student achievement, alignment of learning, and program outcomes. Modularized content used in CBE programs create efficiencies in curriculum and program design.