Exploring the Potential of Competency-Based Education

The Breakthrough Models Incubator kicks off in Washington, D.C.

For the next 2.5 days, nine institutional teams of university and college presidents and other top executives are setting aside their busy daily schedules to focus on exciting new programs for students.

In partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the League for Innovation in the Community College, EDUCAUSE and NGLC have joined forces to present the second annual Breakthrough Models Incubator. This year, all nine teams will focus on development of competency-based education (CBE) degree-sequence programs, which reward students for skills acquired rather than time spent in the classroom.

Each Incubator team is expected to develop a CBE degree-sequence program to expand access, affordability, quality learning and degree attainment for their students—combining new technologies to design programs with a goal of launching them within one year.

During this initial planning phase, teams will participate in workshops on design thinking, learning innovations, business models and academic planning. They’ll hear from a variety of guest speakers, who will address infrastructure and implementation, accreditation, and faculty engagement.

This year’s incubator brings participating teams from across the country, including:

As part of the process, teams will also have access to executive coaches and content experts who will offer guidance and feedback throughout all three phases of the program: the initial planning phase, the model design phase and the launch phase.

Follow along all this week on Twitter: #Incubator14.

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