Amy Laitinen: “Complexities and connections: Credit hour and competency-based education”

We are pleased to announce the release of our latest podcast. We welcome you to join our discussion with Ms. Amy Laitinen, deputy director for Higher Education at the New America Foundation and former policy advisor to the White House on community college issues as we:

· contrast competency-based education with the traditional credit hour as a measure of academic achievement

· discuss why advocates believe that competency-based education is a better way of meeting current demand for higher education and holding institutions accountable for student achievement

· explore what is needed from a policy perspective for wider experimentation and innovation in higher education


Individual Questions:
A historical perspective on how the credit hour became a proxy for student learning in higher education (5:24)
Competency-based education, prior learning assessment and direct assessment defined (7:33)
Is competency-based education No Child Left Behind for higher education? (2:13)
How does competency-based education contribute to/relate to the accountability discussion? (1:35)
Faculty engagement in a competency-based model of education (4:16)
What are some of the main criticisms of a competency-based model for higher education? (4:09)
Accreditation and regulation: the tension between oversight and innovation (6:19)
Creating a safe regulatory space for experimentation and innovation (2:59)
The value of externally validated criteria and transparency of student achievement in competency-based education (7:12)
Experimental sites could provide laboratory in advance of HEA Reauthorization (2:16)
Commentary and Analysis (17:20)


Podcast Intro and Exit music by Won (FLT RSK) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Produced in conjunction with the Average Guy Podcast Network

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