The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC), NAU’s regional accreditor, approved their application to offer a competency-based degree program that moves away from the credit hour standard to use an approach referred to as “direct assessment” instead.
In theory if you had a few credible competency-based programs out there, then differnt approaches to teaching could compete on the basis of being effective at imparting competency to students. In practice, I think it's all very challenging and there are good odds that USNH's initiative won't amount to much. But it's great to see someone trying and getting encouragement from the Department of Education.
Distressed at the thought that Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, could do to them what the internet has done to newspaper reporters, academics are lobbying state legislators to urge them to avoid considering them for use in state universities.
TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - Public university students in Florida next year will be able to start working toward college degrees without actually going to college, under a law Governor Rick Scott signed on...
Keith Hampson PhD's insight:
See also SUNY, Wisconsin, and California for interesting, state-wide ventures.