Dr. Mika Hoffman, executive director of the Center for Educational Measurement at Excelsior College, joins the podcast to discuss prior learning assessment, competency-based education, and how colleges and universities in the post-traditional era can differentiate themselves. Dr. Hoffman also discusses credit-by-examination as a more affordable degree pathway and the role of psychometricians in the assessment process.
Listen to “The Nature of Competency-Based Higher Education”:
1:19 What is a psychometrican?
2:34 Proving the validity of assessments.
3:55 Thoughts on the nature of the post-traditional era of higher education.
5:42 How do schools differentiate themselves in the market?
9:05 Opening the door to competency-based education.
14:20 The affordability question.
15:53 Responding to critics.
19:35 The mainstreaming of PLA and competency-based education.
22:40 Encouraging more institutions to accept prior learning.
Resources discussed during podcast:
Credentialing is How Institutions Will Differentiate in the Future (Evolllution)
UExcel (Excelsior College’s credit by examination program)