Credit/Seat-time vs. Competency-based Credits

As our university begins a university-wide assessment of our seat-time compliance for credit hours in all our courses, the education landscape continues to consider changes to assess a student’s competency of a subject matter instead of how much seat-time the student may have had for a specific subject/course.

This article, “More Cracks in the Credit Hour” provides an interesting overview to the changes that may begin to take place if the education regulators and federal loan grantors begin to consider alternatives to the current Carnegie unit method of assessing a students subject competency.

My thought is that if a student can demonstrate her/his competency of a subject by various learning outcome assessments, that this would be more valuable to the student in gaining knowledge and retaining knowledge then requiring a student to have enough seat-time and learning outcomes to prove she/he has gained the requite knowledge of a particular subject. Higher education has been using subject-based proficiency examinations for may years through CLEP and DSST examinations.


About David San Filippo, Ph.D.

I am David San Filippo. I am an educator and consultant in the fields of business and human science. My business expertise are in the areas of leadership, ethics, vocational consulting, and Social Security Disability representation. My human science areas of expertise and interest are interpersonal communication, ethics, loss & bereavement, human consciousness, death & dying, and near-death experiences.
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