W9 - From Start to Finish: Building a Quality Competency Based Education Program
How do colleges and universities respond to students who are increasingly seeking lower cost, flexible, and relevant high quality degrees and certificates? Competency Based Education (CBE) addresses these needs by providing an academic model in which time varies and expectations about learning are constant. In CBE, students progress through an engaging educational journey that aligns with clearly defined outcomes, and focuses on mastery of learning. Through the lens of quality standards, the presentation will offer guidelines so that participants can plan essential program components including creation, development and implementation. Facilitators will share current trends and policies regarding competency based education.
Laurie Dodge is Vice Chancellor of Institutional Assessment and Planning and Vice Provost for Brandman University, part of the Chapman University System. Dr. Dodge serves as Brandman University’s WSCUC Accreditation Liaison Officer and is a member of the WSCUC Substantive Change Committee. Laurie is also a graduate of the inaugural WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy. Dr. Dodge serves as chair of the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN), an invited collaborative group of 30 institutions and four public systems across the nation working together to address shared challenges to designing, developing, and scaling competency-based degree programs. She has served on Congressional briefings on CBE and conducts national workshops on design, assessment, and teaching and learning for competency-based education. Dr. Dodge was named by the Washington Monthly as one of the sixteen most innovative people in higher education. She holds a Ph.D. in School Psychology with cognates in Research and Human Development from Ball State University.
Ellen Baker Derwin is Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Assessment and Planning and Associate Dean in the School of Arts and Sciences at Brandman University. She oversees program assessments, program reviews, and curriculum development activities. Dr. Derwin created several competency modules for Brandman’s inaugural CBE (Competency Based Education) program. She also serves on the program and assessment councils for CBE at Brandman. In addition to her background in curriculum and assessment, Dr. Derwin has experience in instructional design, professional development, marketing, and student affairs in higher education and publishing arenas. Dr. Derwin has facilitated national workshops on pedagogical innovation, served as an evaluator on site visit teams for WSCUC, and is a member of the WSCUC Substantive Change Committee. Ellen has taught and created courses in psychology, social work, communications, and student success/study skills. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology, with a media emphasis, from Fielding Graduate University, an M.A. in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine, and a B.S. in psychology from Denison University.