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Thursday, April 02, 2015

4 Tips to Finish an Online, Competency-Based Degree

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Ian Quillen, Baltimore-based freelance reporter for U.S. News covering online education summarizes, "Students should request more help from coaches if they want to be sure to finish an online, competency-based program."

Students in competency-based programs can risk feeling disconnected, especially if they lack academic confidence or have had bad past college experiences. 
Photo: U.S. News & World Report

For many students considering pursuing an online degree or certification, competency-based programs are becoming an attractive option.

Because such programs allow students to quickly prove what skills they already possess and move on to learning those they don’t, they can help working professionals earn a degree more quickly and cheaply than they might otherwise.

As attractive as saving time and money can be, however, experts say participants in competency-based programs can risk feeling disconnected in such a self-paced environment, especially if they lack academic confidence or have had bad past college experiences.

In short, these programs aren’t for everyone. But experts say the chance of navigating one successfully and earning a long-desired credential should increase if students remember these four tips.
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Source: U.S. News & World Report


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