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3 Traits You Need To Succeed In A Competency-based Degree Program

by Margaret Hurst
Marketing Specialist

July 02, 2015

Competency-based education models, like Personalized Learning, are the latest innovation in higher education. They allow you to set your own deadlines, work at your own pace, and test out of material that you’ve already mastered.

It can be a great way to earn your bachelor’s degree, but competency-based education isn’t for everyone. For some learners, a traditional in-person or online degree pathway may be a better fit.

We’ve identified the three main traits you need to succeed in competency-based education. Do you have what it takes?

Trait #1: Autonomous

The number one trait you need to have is autonomy. The philosophy behind competency-based education is that you, as the student, take control of your own learning. The training wheels are taken off, and you get to independently drive your education.

That’s why we call our competency-based degree model Personalized Learning. If you want a college degree that lets you work on your own terms and at your own pace, you have to have the internal motivation to get it done.

Trait #2: Organized

Being organized is important for any student, but it’s an even more important trait in competency-based education. When you’re in charge of your own deadlines, you need to keep on top of your work if you’re going to stay on track.

You’ll have a faculty mentor for guidance, but ultimately it will be your responsibility to keep organized and informed of your progress. Competency-based education tuition is on a subscription basis. NAU’s Personalized Learning costs a flat rate of $2,500 per 6 month period—no textbooks, no fees. The more organized you are, the faster you’ll complete the material and the lower the overall cost of your education will be.

Trait #3: Communicative

While competency-based education does rely on the student being a self-starter, you’re not doing it alone. To get the most out of a competency-based education degree like Personalized Learning, you should take advantage of your dedicated faculty mentor.

Your mentor will provide one-on-one guidance and will be with you throughout your degree program. They are available to answer specific questions, talk broadly about the topics, or discuss career opportunities. Having an open line of communication with your faculty mentor is key to succeeding in competency-based education.

Are you autonomous, organized and communicative? If so, then competency-based education may be the right fit for you to earn your bachelor’s degree. Learn more about how it works.

Still not sure if competency-based learning is right for you? Take our interactive quiz to find out.

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