Colleges design self-paced, ‘competency’ courses

Community colleges are designing self-paced courses that will give credits for demonstrated competence — not “seat time.”

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  1. This makes sense, since I earned 12-15 credit hours in courses which I was required to take (an example is Unix System Administration, or computer programming, etc).

    At the time, I had 10+ years as a Unix/Linux Admin, and at least 10 more in programming). If you can demonstrate competence in a given subject, why should you have to take the course (except for some old outdated concept of seat time == better education, which is complete BS)…


  2. I agree with this as well. When I was in university one of my biggest complaints was a required attendance policy. Often times I was in the top 10% of test scores in classes, receiving an A in the class, but I would end up with a final grade of a B or C because of poor attendance. Granted, it is my fault for not following policy, but it is frustrating to have your competency in a subject misrepresented with a grade determined by other means. I say if somebody proves competent with the course material, how they maintain that competency should be up to them. If they would suffer from not attending class hours, their grades would reflect that.