Kentucky’s community colleges are beginning to offer a competency-based curriculum for their students that allow students to complete the study material, assess their learning, and receive credit for their knowledge. The Kentucky program is called “Learn on Demand.” According to Paul Fain of Inside Higher Ed, in his article, “Competing With Competency,” he writes,
“Under Learn on Demand, students can enroll whenever they want. There are no class schedules or assignment deadlines in the self-paced courses. And students can leave without facing problems when they re-enroll.”
Paul Fain explains how the Kentucky program works,
“Here’s how competency works in Learn on Demand: Each module begins with an assessment, or “pre-test.” If the student scores high enough on that test, he or she can skip the self-paced course material and go directly to the modular final, or post-test. So essentially, each module can be completed by passing two tests.”
For those students who are having difficulty with the subject matter, they have an opportunity to work with designated faculty members who help the students get through the subject material.
“For students who can’t pass out of the courses, or who choose to work through them, the system has faculty members it calls “facilitators” on call to help students master the material.”
The coursework and a competency assessment are offered at a fixed cost so students and institutions can begin to control and manage the cost of higher education.