New Graduates Test the Promise of Competency-Based Education

Ben Sklar for The Chronicle

Michael Hurbrough accepts his diploma at Texas A&M U. at Commerce. He enrolled in the competency-based program after losing his job selling insurance and is now interested in entering a new field, he says, like oil or gas.
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After 19 years climbing the career ladder in Fort Worth’s city government, Jolene G. Applegate was stuck.

She had risen as high as acting manager but kept getting passed over for promotions. She knew why. Even though she’d earned 90 credits (at...

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