Competency-Based Education

Rasmussen College Launches CBE Program for Business Ed

Students at Rasmussen College have a new, more flexible way to earn a business degree. The private, regionally accredited institution has launched Flex Choice Competency-Based Education, a program model that allows students to choose between traditional and self-paced competency-based education (CBE) courses. The model will roll out first to Rasmussen's seven business bachelor's degree-completion programs and then expand to other degree programs, according to the college.

The Flex Choice CBE program awards students credit for skills they already have, enabling them to focus on acquiring the additional skills they need to complete a degree. Students can demonstrate their skills from previous college or work experience, or by completing project-based coursework. "Students can show what they know as soon as they know it meaning student learning is measured by the demonstration of skills and competencies, more so than by hours spent in a classroom," according to a statement from the college. College officials estimate that students can complete the Flex Choice CBE programs in as little as 18 months.

"Colleges and universities across the country are looking for innovative ways to prepare students to flourish in today's ever-changing, demanding workforce," said Trenda Boyum-Breen, president of Rasmussen College, in a press release. "Rasmussen College developed its Flex Choice CBE program model with the goal of helping the estimated 37 million Americans with some college credit earn a college degree and advance their careers. We believe competency-based education is a compelling and in-demand option for the challenges facing higher education."

The Flex Choice CBE programs will offer degrees in Accounting, Business Management, Finance, Healthcare Management, Human Resources and Organizational Leadership, Marketing, and Supply Chain and Logistics Management. Enrollment is available now, with classes beginning in January.

For more information, visit the Rasmussen site.

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About the author: Rhea Kelly is executive editor for Campus Technology. She can be reached at rkelly@1105media.com.

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