Impetus for Change: Growth, Evolution, and Lessons Learned at NAU Competency-Based Education
Concurrent Session 2
Innovation at its core means designing and doing things differently. This presentation will focus on the 4-year growth, evolving changes, and lessons learned of the NAU Personalized Learning Competency-Based Program, including observations as the PL programs move into the next stage of development. This session is presented by two NAU faculty from the PL CBE at NAU who will present an overview of the highlights, changes, and most current challenges of their innovative competency-based program.
The primary goal of the session is to give participants an opportunity to discuss how competency-based programs are serving to the student learner, adapting to local and state governance, integrating financial aid, curriculum changes, and creating a new faculty structure.
The NAU competency-based education (CBE) launched in June 2013 has captured the imagination of many higher education institutions across North America as a model of innovation and new ground-breaking change in higher education. The design promises greater flexibility for adult learners, such as lower costs, and an assessment-driven approach that validates students who possess skills valued by employers. As within any traditional university setting the launching of NAU Personalized Learning did not come with few hardships, yet with a team of determined and talented faculty, the rise of one of the few CBE accredited programs was created to full capacity within a traditional HE structure. Now in the fourth year of operation, and at the heels of explosive growth, PL faces new challenges in the interconnected work streams that address strategy and integration, institutional-wide organization, program development adaptations, technology, data analytics, faculty management and marketing and recruitment and so much more!
In response to this growing demand, the PL initiative faces a comprehensive assessment and re-evaluate their organizing framework, their work stream processes and the core value of their competency-based driven philosophy. Included in this transformation, providing the right leadership for change and the capacity for resource planning is a growing demand for the online CBE education model. To re-engineer, organize, and manage the many phases and key decisions, and strategy areas that form the building blocks of this comprehensive CBE program initiative is at the core of student success and ongoing optimal expansion.
(40 minute presentation, 20 minutes Q&A)
Personalized Learning Overview
Summary of student subscribers
- Overview Demographics
- Enrollment and Graduation Rates
Changes to programs
- Redefining competencies: Curricular 1:1
- Learning Management System and Student Dashboard
- Transfer credit process
- Integrating Financial Aid
- PL Faculty & Staffing Support
Future Challenges & Projected Growth
- New Programs
- Assessing Outcomes & Competencies
- Workforce Outreach
- Understanding competency-based
- Understanding competency-based accountability
Speaker: Jeannie Copley Assistant Clinical Professor-Computer Information Technology (CIT)
Speaker: (co-speaker): Dora M. Donovan (Assistant Clinical Professor – Personalized Learning-Small Business Administration (SBA)
Organization Address: Personalized Learning-Northern Arizona University
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