What's Behind the Gates Foundation's Push for Competency-Based Learning?

In vogue currently among name brand higher education funders like Gates, Lumina and Kresge is the notion of competency-based learning. I’ll here focus primarily on Gates’ relationship with the idea, and how they throw their money at it.
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Just Get the Degree: Concocting a Remedy for the Reverse-Transfer Dilemma

Through the "Credit When It's Due" initiative, USA Funds, the Kresge, Helios, Lumina, and Gates foundations announced grants to organizations in 12 states last year to ensure that transferring students have at least an associate's degree as they work toward a bachelor's degree at a four-year school. The grants ranged between $434,000 and $610,000.

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DENIED: Gates Foundation Retracts Completion Grant from Texas Community Colleges

Much to the surprise of faculty and students alike, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pulled a grant designed to help students in community colleges complete their degrees from the Lone Star College System in Texas. The system was scheduled to receive $5.3 million for a program called Completion by Design, but received less than a million of the promised funds.

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