- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
- senate Committees
- The house Passed July 23rd, 2014Roll Call Vote 414 Yea / 0 Nay
House Committee on Education and the WorkforceHigher Education and Workforce TrainingIntroducedSeptember 19th, 2013
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What is it?
Currently, colleges and universities have set schedules for when students can enroll in classes and receive financial aid. Without this bill, competency-based education programs would not meet the requirements to make them eligible for federal student aid programs like financial aid. Under enacted, this bill would authorize the Secretary of Education to select up to 20 institutions of higher education that could voluntarily offer students competency-based education programs.
In Depth:The U.S. Department of Education describes "competency-based education" this way:
"Competency-based strategies provide flexibility in the way that credit can be earned or awarded, and provide students with personalized learning opportunities. These strategies include online and blended learning, dual enrollment and early college high schools, project-based and community-based learning, and credit recovery, among others...Depending on the strategy pursued, competency-based systems also create multiple pathways to graduation."
This bill would also make all institutions of higher education that participate in Title IV programs eligible to offer competency-based education programs. Competency-based education programs authorized by this bill would also be subjected to annual evaluations by the Secretary of Education.
Media:More information about competency-based education programs
Inside Higher Ed
Sponsoring Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) Press Release
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