Washington State Community Colleges Piloting a Faster, Cheaper Degree Program

Career College Central Summary:

  • The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (WSBCTC) partnered with Lumen Learning to design the self-paced online courses, which adapt content and activities based on each student's prior knowledge and progress toward mastering course objectives.
  • "Competency-based education lets students progress at their own pace as soon as they've learned the subject matter," said Connie Broughton, project director for competency-based education (CBE) programs at WSBCTC, in a statement.
  • "We expect this competency-based option to a business transfer degree will save students time and money because they can move rapidly through material they have already mastered with prior learning and work experience."
  • Scheduled for a January 2015 launch, the courses will be delivered through the Candela Mastery Platform, an adaptive learning platform co-developed by Lumen Learning and Difference Engine.
  • Lumen Learning will provide platform hosting, ongoing courseware support and updates.

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