W1 Competency-Based Education: The What, The Why, and The How
Competency-based education (CBE) addresses key needs in higher education. Known as the “Iron Triangle,” CBE is an affordable, accessible, and quality approach to achieving post-secondary credentials. This workshop will provide participants with a deeper understanding of CBE and an exploration of various institutional models (The What). Participants will reflect on their institution’s culture, mission and strategic plan to help determine if CBE should be your institutions’ next step (The Why). The presenters will guide participants through the process for developing a CBE program using backward design from 1) outcomes to 2) assessment to 3) educational journey. Throughout the session, participants will engage with a Brandman University team of CBE practitioners who will reveal lessons learned, effective strategies, and experienced insight to empower participants with the “What,” the “Why” and the “How” of CBE they can apply to their own educational vision.
Dr. Laurie Dodge is the vice chancellor of institutional assessment and planning and vice provost at Brandman University. She oversees program outcomes assessment, program review, curriculum development and processes, accreditation, and academic policy. Dr. Dodge serves as Brandman University’s WSCUC Accreditation Liaison Officer and is a member of the WSCUC Substantive Change Committee. Laurie is also a graduate of the inaugural WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy. Dr. Dodge holds a Ph.D. in School Psychology with cognates in Research and Human Development from Ball State University. Prior to her position in higher education, Laurie was a school psychologist specializing in the areas of traumatic brain injury and autism. At a national level, Dr. Dodge is a leader in competency-based education in higher education and has been invited to Washington DC convening and congressional briefings. She serves as co-chair of C-BEN (Competency-Based Education Network) which is an invited collaborative group of institutions across the nation committed to solving common challenges around developing quality competency-based models capable of scaling to affordably serve more students.
Dr. Ellen Baker Derwin is the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assurance of Learning in the School of Arts and Sciences and Assistant Professor of Communications at Brandman University. In her role as associate dean, she oversees program assessments, program reviews, and curriculum development projects for the School of Arts & Sciences. She chairs the social science curriculum team and the general education curriculum team for competency-based education (CBE). Dr. Derwin created several competency modules for Brandman’s inaugural CBE (Competency Based Education) program. She also serves on the program and assessment councils for CBE at Brandman. In addition to her background in curriculum and assessment, Dr. Derwin has experience in instructional design, professional development, marketing, and student affairs in higher education and publishing arenas. She has taught and created courses in psychology, communications, and student success/study skills. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology, with a media emphasis, from Fielding Graduate University, an M.A. in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine, and a B.S. in psychology from Denison University.