July 24, 2014
Yesterday afternoon the House of Representatives took an important step forward in the advancement of competency-based education. They unanimously passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) to create a demonstration program that would provide a safe place for institutions to work with the federal government on the creation of a regulatory framework that supports competency-based education programs like our FlexPath offering. Michael Stratford at Inside Higher Ed has a good write-up here.
Capella got a nice shout-out from Rep. George Miller (D-CA) during the debate, along with SNHU, the Lumina and New America Foundations, and the Cal State system. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) have a similar bill in the Senate, although it seems unlikely to move this year. Maybe unanimous support for the House bill will change the dynamics in the Senate? We’ll see. Regardless, coming on the heels of the experimental site announcement on Tuesday, yesterday’s action by the House is making for a big week in the world of CBE.