INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College received formal notification from the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission that they were approved for two competency based education (CBE) program offerings. The credentials, Software Development Technical Certificate and Business Operations, Applications, and Technology Technical Certificate, will be available in April 2018.
Competency based education is a flexible way for students to learn at their own pace, often accelerated, by demonstrating mastery of the competencies. CBE programs are best-suited for employees already in the workforce who need credentials or additional skills; those that are under-employed; or unemployed individuals who have earned prior college credit.
“Higher education is seeing a trend of competency based education, particularly for working adults,” said Ivy Tech President, Sue Ellspermann. “For a majority of community college students, many have workplace knowledge and competencies in their area of study, which means they can accelerate through their degree, earn their credential faster, and experience a more successful career.”
The Higher Learning Commission is Indiana’s higher education institution accrediting agency. Their mission is to serve the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning.
“Competency-based education is an exciting new way to serve many students who seek clearer pathways and alternatives to the regular classroom,” said Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, a private foundation in Indianapolis which works nationally to ensure opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. “Competency-based programs are all about the learning.”
Lumina supports the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN), an independent nonprofit helping to expand the availability of these programs.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.