Competency-Based Education in College Settings
- Consortium-wide, 35% of participants completed their program; their employment rates started and remained high, and wages for employed participants increased after program enrollment at a higher rate than the national average.
- Participants completed programs quickly, taking, on average, less than two terms to complete their first industry certification preparatory course and approximately four terms to complete certificates and degrees.
- Differences in participants’ and nonparticipants’ credential completion rates varied by college and may reflect unobservable differences between the groups.
- Curriculum development was more collaborative and consistent than in traditional programs and relied on instructional designers and tools to support standardization.
- Industry partners informed curriculum development, including the competencies needed, and new programs were developed in response to employer input.
Hand in Hand: Community Colleges Help Build Career Pathways for Dislocated and Low-Skilled Workers
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration