Proficiency Based Curriculum Model: Part 6

This model helps one to form a bridge from what faculty have traditionally understood about the structure of the curriculum and the current interest in competency based education. The following blog by Julia Freeland is a helpful discussion of the competency topic. I find it helpful to go back and forth between the presented curriculum architecture and competency based education as I struggle with the question – what will be the new business models for our institutions?

Michael G. Dolence


This is the sixth post in the series on Academic Strategic Enrollment Management.

One of the most profound developments in Academic SEM is the emergence of a Proficiency-Based Curriculum Architecture Model (PBCAM). Its development and continued evolution are the results of a synthesis by a number of scholars, communities of practice and higher education associations. The Proficiency-Based Curriculum Architecture Model is driven by and feeds the continued evolution of the global learning ecosystem. It is built upon a digital learning framework and serves to restructure the basic architecture of higher education’s curriculum. An institution’s curriculum architecture defines the essential components of its curricular system; maps the interrelationships between the components and the environment, and specifies the system’s intended learning and award outcomes. Put simply, the curriculum architecture synthesizes the many institution-specific design and delivery decisions inherent in curriculum management.

An Evolving Proficiency-Based Curriculum Architecture

The scope of the emerging…

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