In January 2015, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Public Agenda set out to find program design elements shared among thriving competency-based education (CBE) programs. Several months of research, and conversations surfaced ten shared design elements.
These elements were sourced and vetted in collaboration with project sponsors, partners and CBE program leaders. Then, the elements were validated through a comprehensive field survey. Project sponsors include the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), the American Council on Education (ACE), EDUCAUSE, and the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN). Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and Quality Matters (QM) serve as thought partners.