Brandman University First CA Institution to Offer CBE-accredited Degree

Competency Based education will be a

disruptive force in higher education

Get ready for a “game changing” system of learning that will soon replace

the old model of the credit hour

San Diego (March 12, 2014) — The world of higher education is opening an important door for adults seeking to take the next step in getting a promotion or new job. With the non-traditional student often juggling a family, aging parents and significant financial responsibilities, their upward mobility is often hindered by a lack of perceived knowledge in one or more critical area despite their real-world knowledge.

More than 55 million new American jobs will be created by the end of the decade and more than 40 million of them (more than 70 percent) will require a college-level certificate or degree, according to the Georgetown Center of Education and the Workforce.

Converting a personal brand of diverse experiences into pursuing an accredited degree has been an unattainable goal. Until now. The emergence of what is now known as Competency Based Education (CBE) is just hitting the academic world with real world impact…and opportunity.

This is backed by a number of public polls—87 percent of Americans believe that students should receive college credit for knowledge and skill acquired outside of the classroom, according to a 2012 Gallup/Lumina Foundation study. That same poll revealed that 75 percent of those queried said that if they could be evaluated and receive credit for what they know, they would be more likely to enroll in college programs.

Once of the leaders in this effort is  Gary Brahm, Chancellor of Brandman University, part of the Chapman University System, and an early advocate of online education and CBE.  Consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a leading online institution,  Brandman is the first California institution to offer a CBE-accredited degree approved by WASC (Western Association of Schools & Colleges). The institution’s Bachelor of Business Administration degree will launch this Spring.

Chancellor Brahm can provide a complete primer for what the busy adult students should be looking for in CBE degree including answering the following:

1)         What is CBE and how should adult student evaluate its potential benefits?

2)         How varied will the  cost structures be and how long does it take to earn a degree?

3)         Why are CBE degrees fully on-line?

4)         How will students be tested for their competencies and how will be monitored?

5)         What kind of support system will CBE students receive?


About Chancellor Gary Brahm
Gary Brahm serves as chancellor of Brandman University overseeing overall operations of the institution and managing approximately 2,262 faculty and staff.  Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Prior to his present position, Brahm served as the executive vice president for finance and administration and chief operating officer for Chapman University for over 13 years. Brahm has served as a member of various Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) visiting teams and in 2007, he was appointed for a 3-year term to the WASC Interim Review Committee. Prior to joining Chapman University in 1994, Brahm was vice president of finance and chief financial officer at National University. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from California State University, Northridge and a master’s in business administration from the University of Southern California.

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