When looking at innovations within the field of competency-based education (CBE), there is frankly little to be found that is genuinely new. The concept of competency-based, or mastery-based learning has been around for decades. Some would argue that near the very genesis of the Carnegie Unit, the usefulness of time as a proxy for learning was already identified as significantly limiting.[1]


Since the winding down of the “year of the MOOC,” CBE has become the new darling of higher education, as evidenced by funding and clout, even political will. This flavor of the month is not the 32nd, instead it is a vampire resurrection of the very best kind. Credit hours may or may not represent skills and knowledge, but competencies make you prove your KSAs (knowledge, skills and abilities).

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