What Can Competency-Based Assessment and Degree Qualification Mean for the National Degree Completion Agenda?
By Mary Grush
The push for degree completion has taken the national spotlight easily in recent years. But surprisingly, questions about the quality and consistency of those degrees have not been quite so prevalent. Gary Brown, Portland State University’s Associate Vice Provost for Academic Excellence, Co-director of AAEEBL, and a Senior Fellow with Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), is among the higher education leaders seeking to change that. As institutions are increasingly pressed to graduate more students and to do so more efficiently, says Brown, understanding how quality is defined will be critical–and building consensus around competency is an emerging strategy for ensuring quality. Here, Campus Technology asks Brown about efforts underway in this important arena.