Does the US department of education publish a list of universities that they've approved for Competency-Based Education? I've only discovered articles where they've approved a couple schools at a time. I'd love to find a complete list so that i can do a thorough comparison prior to choosing a program.
Competency-Based Education can be generically described with these bullet points:
- Classes do not have a set end date. They end as soon as you're able to pass the necessary assessment test(s) for that subject. This could be in as little as 2 days if you're already knowledgeable on the topic.
- You don't pay per class. Rather, you pay a flat fee for a block of time (typically 3 or 6 months).
- You're able to take as many classes as you want within the 'subscription' timeframe. The only requirement is that you pass the assessment of class1 before starting class2.
- Competency-based programs are typically in an online-only setting and do not require any time to be spent on a campus.
One benefit of this style of program is that efficient students can acquire a degree in a much shorter timespan than if they enrolled in a typical structured program. The end cost also has a high probability of being significantly cheaper than a structured program. Competency programs are commonly between $6000-$9000 per year.