How a 40-Year-Old Idea Became Higher Education’s Next Big Thing

Matthew Busch for The Chronicle

Students share notes during a class on data-driven decision making, part of a popular competency-based bachelor's-degree program in organizational leadership offered by South Texas College in partnership with Texas A&M U. at Commerce.
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One of higher education’s elder statesmen could see a shake-up coming.

An odd bit of administrative protocol, the credit hour, had outlived its usefulness, he thought. It forced students to bide their time for weeks, months, semesters — even if...

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