Competency-based Education & Assessment: The Excelsior Experience

Edited by Tina Goodyear

Foreword by Pamela Tate
Introduction by John Ebersole

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ISBN: 978-1-944079-03-1 (print)

Pub Date: June 2016

Price: $20 paperback
$9.99 e-book


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This book provides not only a good theoretical approach to defining and assessing competencies, but also includes practical, on-the-ground approaches that Excelsior has developed over decades, which can guide many other institutions embarking on the CBE path.”
From the foreword by Pamela Tate

Assessment is the bedrock upon which any quality CBE program should be built. Yet, while educators understand the concept of measuring learning, they may not be familiar with the complexities involved in measuring the application of that learning. Using Excelsior College’s model–shaped over four decades creating and delivering psychometrically sound assessments of competency–this guide provides essential, preliminary direction in assessment in a competency-based education environment. It will familiarize readers with the definition, language, and principles of assessment. Then, drawing examples from Excelsior’s long-established nursing degree and its developing business degree, illustrates those principles in action.

Contributors include: Robin Berenson, Scott Dolan, John Ebersole, Tina Goodyear, Mika Hoffman, Patrick Jones, Karl Lawrence, and Mary Lee Pollard.

Tina Goodyear is the former Executive Director of the Center for the Assessment of Post-Traditional Learning at Excelsior College and the former director of the National College Credit Recommendation Service, a NYS Board of Regents program linking workplace and nontraditional learning to college credit. She now serves as the Executive Director of the Presidents’ Forum.