Competency-based education (CBE), which allows students to receive credit for and build on real-world skills more efficiently than the conventional semester system, provides a flexible and affordable solution for student success. During this webinar attendees will have the opportunity to hear from two panelists about institutional exemplars focused on building solutions that create infrastructure and support for this accelerated college completion model. Participants will also break into small groups to engage in deeper conversations about CBE, and begin to brainstorm solutions to overcome current challenges impeding higher education’s adoption of this education model. Whether you are implementing CBE at your institution, in the process of developing this type of program, or interested in learning more about this emerging trend.

Meet the Panelists:

Shannon McCarty (National University)
Shannon McCarty currently serves as the Associate Vice President for the Center for Innovation in Learning at National University. Her previous experience included Dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs at Rio Salado College. Prior to her role as the Dean, she served as the Faculty Chair for the Physical Sciences Department. She held this position for 8 years. A personal initiative and interest of Shannon’s is personalized learning. Shannon works closely with Faculty to adopt and implement adaptive platforms. Her earlier focus on personalized learning began when she partnered with the Institutional Research Department. Shannon championed the predictive analytics initiative, RioPACE, at the College. Rio Salado College has been using predictive analytics and interventions for over 6 years. She holds a BA in Biology from the University of Arizona, a MA in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University and a PhD in Professional Studies from Capella University.
Bob Collins (Western Governors University)
Bob Collins joined Western Governors University (WGU) in October 2012 as the Vice President of Financial Aid. In the late 1990’s, Collins was the Acting Director of Financial Aid at the University of Colorado at Boulder and was a consultant for WGU in the very early stages - before the first students enrolled. Collins has 35+ years of experience in student aid administration and continues to be active in the state, regional, and national professional associations. Collins has been a member of several technical review panels for the National Center for Education Statistics, participated on numerous negotiated rulemaking committees, and actively engaged in the Distance Education Demonstration Program with the US Department of Education.