Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

August 1, 2016

Two Reports Show Untapped Potential of Competency-Based Education

More than 500 colleges and universities are offering competency-based education (CBE) programs, which measure students’ progress in terms of skill mastery regardless of how long or where they study. These tracks in fields like business administration and criminal justice are largely only available to students who are “college-ready.” A new report from Jobs for the Future suggests CBE could be a viable option for adult learners who need remedial education in math and/or literacy before they can begin college-level work.

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August 1, 2016

Collaboration, Not Competition

Colleges in the same region often view each other as competitors, whether on the athletics field or in the admissions office. But the nine colleges in Pierce County, Wash., see each other as the opposite: collaborators. Pierce County is home to a diverse set of educational options. There are two public institutions (Evergreen State College and the University of Washington Tacoma), two private institutions (Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound), and five community and technical colleges (Bates Technical College, Clover Park Technical College, Tacoma Community College and the two campuses of Pierce College).

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July 28, 2016

Consumers get more information about college

Even as a higher education becomes among the biggest investments Americans make, the information available about what students and their families are getting for their money remains stubbornly sparse and often inaccurate and even misleading.

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