Building Relevant and High Quality Competency-Based Programs

Event Date: 
Fri, 05/15/2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm


Friday, May 15, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hawai'i Pacific University, Honolulu, HI


In the interests of our campuses and wider community WSCUC has decided to cancel our May workshops in Hawai'i.

Click here for a draft of the program schedule.


This workshop is designed for those seeking to build a relevant and quality competency-based (CBE) program.  The focus will be on innovating curriculum process: the steps involved in program creation and revision, the key role of backwards design, and how research informs decision-making and structure, program outcomes, and assessment. Key takeaways will include an outline of the phases in developing CBE programs and strategies for overcoming challenges. In addition, participants will be provided guidelines for determining an engaging educational journey with targeted learning activities and formative assessment.

Workshop Learning Outcomes

In this workshop, participants will:

      • Gain knowledge of CBE models and components, as well as faculty, business, and regulatory models
      • Utilize a research approach to ensure program relevance and quality
      • Outline and practice Backward Design for program creation and revision
      • Effectively create clearly articulated and aligned performance based assessments
      • Explore learning activities and learner styles to maximize student success

      Intended Audience

      This workshop is intended for those with some experience in program and curriculum development, including faculty, instructional designers, program chairs, and deans. No previous knowledge of Competency-Based Education (CBE) is required.

      Workshop Facilitators

      Laurie Dodge, Vice Chancellor Institutional Assessment & Planning and Vice Provost, Brandman University

      Lori Williams, President and CEO, National Council for State Authriozation Reciprocity Agreements

      Hotel Reservations: We encourage participants to make their hotel reservations as soon as possible. Given the workshop is being held on a campus, WSCUC has not contracted nor secured a group rate with any particular hotel. There are many websites online that help with finding reasonably priced hotels.

      Registration fee includes lunch. Beverages and snacks will be available during breaks. Attendees will be on their own for all other meals.  

      Registration fees: $350/per team member until 4/30/20.  After the registration deadline, if space is available, the late registration fee will be $395/per team member.

      Discount for Combined Registration: The The Diverse Campus: Improving Access, Equity, and the Student Experience workshop will be offered on May 14, 2020 at Hawai'i Pacific University. The special rate for a combined registration for The Diverse Campus and Building Relevant and High Quality Competency-Based Programs workshops is $595 until the registration deadline on 4/30/2020. After the registration deadline, if space is available, the late registration fee will be $695/per team member.

      REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  April 30, 2020

      This educational program has been developed by national and regional experts and is offered as a service to WSCUC member institutions and others who wish to learn about good practices applicable to all institutions. It is entirely optional, and our hope is that member institutions will find it helpful. WSCUC staff will be present to answer questions related specifically to accreditation expectations.