College of competence: How WGU works | Joanne

Western Governors University, a national nonprofit, has been providing online, self-paced competency-based education to career-minded students for 20 years now, reports Jon Marcus on Education Next.

Some 80,000 undergraduate and graduate students are studying education, business, health professions, and information technology.

Each of its degree programs includes a list of topics to be mastered, called “domains,” determined in consultation with employers.

Students must “prove they’ve mastered all the skills and knowledge offered in a given subject area” in order to advance, writes…

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