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CBE in General Education

The CBE General Education courses at SLCC offer a competency-based approach to achieving the outcomes identified for traditional general education courses. The CBE courses are offered with flexible pacing and learning options, meaning that students have greater autonomy in determining what and when they need to complete activities to successfully achieve the outcomes. Students are provided with regularly scheduled opportunities to interact with their instructors, substantive feedback on both formative and summative assessments, and a range of activities and resources to provide formative opportunities to prepare for summative assessments that will be used to determine competency. Students must earn at least competency on each summative assessment. If they do not achieve competency, they continue to revisit and hone their skills before again attempting a summative assessment.

Habits of Mind in CBE Courses

Deep Reflection

The e-Portfolios and Signature Assessments in General Education courses require students to demonstrate a competent ability to reflect on their course work using specific examples and analysis. The CBE model can support greater reflection depth because if a student doesn't fully address the reflection requirements, they will need to revisit the reflection and deepen their reflective practice.

Time Management Skills

The flexible pacing of CBE courses requires students to develop a higher level skill in time management. They must set their own schedule, make sure they stay on pace, track their goal progress, and re-evaluate and adjust their timelines as needed. While success coaches and faculty will both provide support to help students develop these skills, students will ultimately have to create time management systems that work for their unique circumstances.

Responsible and Effective Study Habits

In addition to time management, students must develop effective study habits both for preparing for an assessment and revising assessments that are unsuccessful on a first attempt. Since competency must be met before a student can successfully complete a course, students must develop revision skills, the ability to receive feedback and ask for clarification effectively, submitting things ahead of schedule in case feedback is received that requires improvements, utilizing resources like faculty and tutors instead of just moving on from content that they don't understand, and revisiting resources as required. This helps students actively revise not only their work but their learning habits as they continuously improve how they approach their work.

Growth Mindset 

The revision-based nature of CBE helps students cultivate a growth mindset by encouraging them to take on the challenge to master content instead of completing it and moving on despite weaknesses in the previous work. In addition, it shifts the lens away from a praise-based, hierarchical grading scale of A-E to an emphasis on competent understanding or even mastery. Students have to practice persistence when confronted with setbacks, like submitting an assessment and not passing it the first time. This helps them learn from criticism and develop the ability to re-engage in their goals after a set back.