Higher Education Act – Innovations, Definitions, and State Authorization

When passed in 1965, the Higher Education Act (HEA) was intended to “to strengthen the educational resources of our colleges and universities and to provide financial assistance for students in postsecondary and higher education.” Updated or “reauthorized” several times since then, the Act has historically housed most of federal resources and regulations for higher education […]

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Senate Weighs Innovation and Access Options in Reauthorizing Higher Ed Act

The Senate is moving ahead with deliberations on its version of a bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA). Yesterday morning, the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee held a hearing focusing on “access and innovation.” Much was said about such issues as competency-based education, distance education, accountability, supporting students outside the classroom, and […]

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The Case for CACE: The Consortium for the Assessment of College Equivalency

Sometimes in higher education common sense and doing the right thing for students supersede competition, policies, and politics (SARA may quickly come to mind). An example, the newly-minted Consortium for the Assessment of College Equivalency (CACE), formed officially in 2015, demonstrates how those sentiments provided the impetus for six adult-focused colleges and universities to pool […]

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WCET Predictions for 2014 Focus on Academic Quality and Student Needs

We asked you to: “Predict something that will happen this year regarding teaching, learning, technology, business of e-learning, policy, regulations, student behavior, or other related items.” Not surprising of our followers, the bulk of the focus is on academic issues such as quality, accreditation, competency-based education, and academic integrity.  There are also several predictions around […]

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Badges, Credits and Accreditation

Alternative credentials are a hot topic in higher education – from the new direct assessment competency based programs to badges to certify competency.  Today, Anne Derryberry of Sage Road Solutions, LLC, shares with us the current thinking around how badges will play in with credits and accreditation.  Thanks, Anne for sharing your knowledge with us […]

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Wisconsin’s Flexible Option: A System Approach to Competency-Based Education

In earlier Frontiers blog posts, we heard about developing competency-based programs at Northern Arizona University and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  WCET is also currently partnering with Mozilla, Blackboard, and Sage Road Solutions in offering a MOOC on badges as a new currency for professional education.  Continuing our interest in alternative credentialing developments, our […]

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Competency-Based Learning at Northern Arizona University (& New USDOE Rules)

We had planned this blog to run today, but did not know that the U.S. Department of Education would choose March 19 to release its new “Dear Colleague” letter on “Applying for Title IV Eligibility for Direct Assessment (Competency-Based) Programs.”  In the letter, the Department says: “This letter provides guidance to institutions that wish to have […]

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