Colleges Ask Government to Clarify Rules for Credit Based on Competency

Colleges Ask Education Dept. to Clarify Rules on Competency and Credit 1

M. Scott Brauer for The Chronicle

Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire U., said the Education Department was "very positive" about his university's request to be eligible for federal student aid for its competency-based program.

Forty years after Regents College became the first in the nation to award degrees based on proof of prior learning, competency-based education, as its model became known, may finally be on the verge of federal approval.

Within days, the U.S. Department of Education is expected to approve Southern New Hampshire University's request to award federal student aid based not on credit hours, but on a series of measured "competencies." Several other programs are seeking recognition from