AIR is supporting the implementation of the National Survey of Postsecondary Competency-Based Education, an annual Web-based survey of postsecondary institutions in the United States geared toward assessing the state of the competency-based education (CBE) field. The goals of this project are to grow the community of researchers within the National Research Collaborative on Postsecondary Competency-Based Education and Learning and build rigorous evidence for CBE’s efficacy to support responsible scaling.

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Report

This report presents findings from the 2020 National Survey of Postsecondary Competency-Based Education (NSPCBE), the third in a series of three annual surveys by the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The goal of the survey series is to understand and track the landscape of postsecondary competency-based education (CBE) in the United States, providing stakeholders—from institution leaders to policymakers—with an assessment of the field to inform their actions. Key topics of exploration include perceptions of CBE, interest in CBE, implementation, and adoption progress.

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This infographic illustrates data obtained from the 2020 National Survey of Postsecondary Competency-Based Education.

Report

These Research Explainers provide brief summaries of existing research on the CBE landscape, program design and implementation, and perceptions of CBE. This series is intended to be useful for practitioners, program leaders, and researchers—both those already working in CBE and those interested in pursuing work in this area.

Report

This report, based on data obtained from the 2019 National Survey of Postsecondary Competency-Based Education, includes findings based on responses by more than 600 colleges and universities—the largest institutional sample to date—about their interest in or activity related to competency-based education.

Media

This infographic illustrates data obtained from the 2019 National Survey of Postsecondary Competency-Based Education.