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Could a regulatory overhaul open up the gates for competency-based education? – Education Dive

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The Ed Department’s push to redefine the credit hour could make launching alternative programs easier, but stakeholders say safeguards are still needed.

Nearly 25 years ago, 18 governors gathered in Park City, Utah, and found common ground in the problems that plagued colleges in their home states. Their complaints are familiar, even today: There was too much regulation, too many hang-ups with accreditation and too much resistance to meaningfully improve higher education.

So, they decided, they would build their own university from the bottom-up.

Two ideas emerged during that 1995 meeting that formed the backbone of the hypothetical university, according to an account by Kevin Kinser, now head of the education policy studies department at Penn State University.

One was using the newfound capabilities of the internet to reach students across state lines. That would be critical to address growing enrollment in the nation’s western states.

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