W8 - Competency Based Education: A Blueprint for Success
Competency-based education (CBE) focuses on actual student learning and the application of that learning, rather than time spent in class and reviewing content. Learners’ progress is measured when they demonstrate their competence through a system of rigorous assessments, meaning they prove they have mastered the knowledge and skills required for a particular competency or area of study. Through illustrative case studies, participants will explore the ten shared design elements of thriving CBE programs. A Brandman University team of CBE practitioners will guide participants in creating a CBE program reflecting institutional cultural and need. Participants will discover how a blueprint can support the architecture of a CBE program at their own institutions.
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, sits on the UPCEA Advisory Board & Presidential Task Force, and conducts national workshops on design, assessment, and teaching and learning for competency-based education. Dr. Dodge holds a Ph.D. in School Psychology with cognates in Research and Human Development from Ball State University.
Ellen Baker Derwin is Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Curriculum and Assessment 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, and she has served as an evaluator on site visit teams for WSCUC. 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.