Washington State Community College System plans online competency-based associate degree

June 4, 2014 Tony Bates
Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA

Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA

The Olympian (2014) Competency-based learning makes college credit more accessible for all The Bellingham Herald, June 3

The State of Washington is introducing a new online associate degree program in business studies. Some of the features::

  • competency-based, recognizing the value of what students already know and can do
  • state-wide
  • transferable to four year state universities
  • students could advance by demonstrating a command of the subject matter through a test or writing assignment rather than taking a whole course

The program offers great promise to older students who may draw on work experiences to complete their community college credits. It is also well-suited to students who are place-bound and unable to attend classes in person due to family and job commitments.

Washington State Community Colleges already have extensive online programs, but this will be the first competency-based program that they are offering.

 

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