Competency based-education (CBE) strengthens both the hiring process and employees’ professional development with personalized learning pathways. With increasing regularity, employers are reporting that college graduates are entering the workforce without the skills, knowledge, abilities and attitudes to find gainful employment and remain there.

In a recent survey, conducted by the National Conference of State Legislatures, employers surveyed reported that only 20% of recent graduates were adequately prepared for the workforce.

CBE ensures students graduate with the necessary skills, abilities, knowledge and attitudes to be successful in the 21st century workplace by providing the alignment of industry-driven competencies with formative and summative assessment strategies. When students engage in CBE, content mastery is transparent, and creating better employees and a stronger workforce should be the goal of any entity providing education.

What do employers think of CBE?

How do today’s employers ensure that they are hiring the best people for the job? They need an extended transcript that goes beyond the traditional course credit and grade. In order to ensure employers hire people that truly have what it takes to be successful, they need a more complete, 360 degree view of the candidate’s qualifications,and a CBE degree shows that.

CBE encourages high levels of problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills mastered through projects, presentations, and reports. While it’s easy to embellish some skills on a resume in the traditional sense, CBE demands that students fully demonstrate mastery in order to earn the competencies that simply can’t be faked if they’re not thoroughly learned. In short: Employers love CBE and its ability to ensure a more prepared workforce.

What is Asynchronous Education?

Asynchronous education allows students to work on their schoolwork at their leisure, so they’re not confined to a time or place to complete assignments or lesson plans. With this type of schedule, they have the freedom to take control of other commitments in their lives as well. Students and educators know all too well the struggles of trying to make all of their daily tasks fit into the work day. This balance can relieve stress and foster a healthier way of living.

Is CBE cost effective?

Traditional college programs can be quite rigid and do not allow much room for personalization, and they can be very expensive—a price not all students can to afford. And, even though those types of programs work for some students, most would rather not graduate with a mountain of debt from a program that wasn’t a great fit for them.

CBE, on the other hand, encourages students to learn at their own pace: they don’t need to complete a certain amount of credit hours within a rigid timeframe. The demographics of today’s learner has changed dramatically. Today, many students enrolled in higher education are working adults who have many responsibilities—CBE allows students to work at a pace that best suits their learning style and needs.

What are the advantages of CBE?

The benefits of moving to a competency-based system are virtually limitless. When assessment is directly aligned with competencies, educators, students and other stakeholders in the learning journey are able to fully understand where that student is and how they are learning—addressing any concerns that surface if a student gets stuck on a particular concept, or if they easily demonstrate mastery and are ready to advance.

Traditionally, educators have attempted to deliver customized education to each individual student, but without the technology to surface real-time data that is easily accessible and usable, stakeholders were not able to authentically measure and understand student progress. CBE, on the other hand, pairs each student with a coach or a facilitator who monitors their learning and encourages behavior for success, and contact students if issues arise. The biggest advantage of a CBE program is that is makes it much harder for students to fall through the cracks.

How Motivis helps students

Motivis Learning continues to focus on how students need to view information about their classes and competencies: they can quickly glance at a student’s learning plan and gauge where they are within a competency or assignment. Not all learning platforms are searching for ways to evolve the ways students view their feedback or how they communicate with other students. The experience of a student is important to Motivis, and we’re devoted to helping students learn in a holistic way that connects them with all of the support that they need from enrollment to graduation and beyond.