Competency Based Education Supporters

The name sounds nice, but, sadly, it’s just more pro-Common Core stuff.    Once you see the supporters of it, you’ll see why I said that.

Competency Based Education Buddies

Public Agenda

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Lumina Foundation

Association of American Colleges & Universities

American Council on Education

Competency-Based Education Network


Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

Quality Matters


Western Governors Association


International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)


Carnegie Corporation of New York

Donnell-Kay Foundation

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Stupski Foundation




The Learning Accelerator

Center for Innovation in Education

New England Secondary Schools Consortium (NESSC)

Great Schools Partnership

Julie Ajinkya, Institute for Higher Education Policy
Mariana Haynes, Alliance for Excellent Education
Cassius Johnson, Carnegie Corporation of New York
Sharmila Mann, State Higher Education Executive Officers
Tia McNair, Association of American Colleges and Universities
Kate Nielson, National Governors Association
Jesse O’Connell, National Association of Student Financial Aid
Iris Palmer, National Governors Association
Adriana Martinez, Council of Chief State School Officers
Patricia Shea, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Holly Zanville, Lumina Foundation


National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)   (Yep, apparently Competency Based Education is tied to Career Technical Education.)


Competency Based Education Network (CBEN) Buddies

Antioch University (Ohio), Brandman University (Calif.), Broward College (Fla.), Capella University (Minn.), Central New Mexico Community College, Charter Oak State College (Conn.), City University of Seattle, Concordia University (Wisc.),
Danville Community College (Va.), Davenport University (Mich.), DePaul University (Ill.), Excelsior College (N.Y.), Kentucky Commonwealth College (University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University), Kentucky Community & Technical
College System, Lipscomb University (Tenn.), Lord Fairfax Community College (Va.), Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Northern Arizona University, Purdue University (Ind.), Rasmussen College (Minn.), Salt Lake Community College, Southern New Hampshire University, Southwestern College (Kan.), Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (South Texas College and Texas A&M University-Commerce), Thomas Edison State College (N.J.), University System of Georgia, University of Maine at Presque Isle, University of Maryland University College, University of Michigan, University of Texas System, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Walden University (Minn.), and Westminster College (Utah).


CompetencyWorks Buddies

  • iNACOL is a non-profit 501(c)(3)-membership association based in the Washington, DC area with over 4,000 members. We are unique; our members represent a diverse cross-section of K-12 education from school districts, charter schools, state education agencies, non-profit organizations, research institutions, corporate entities and other content & technology providers.
  • The American Youth Policy Forum, founded in 1993, is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that educates and informs policy leaders, practitioners, and researchers working on education, workforce, and youth issues at the national, state, and local levels. We believe all youth, regardless of race, income, geographical location, or family background, should have opportunities for high quality learning in order to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for a successful career, to be a lifelong learner, and for engaged lives of citizenship.
  • JFF identifies, develops, and promotes education and workforce strategies that expand opportunity for youth and adults who are struggling to advance in America today. In more than 200 communities across 43 states, JFF improves the pathways leading from high school to college to family-sustaining careers.
  • The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) develops innovative solutions to today’s most pressing public policy challenges and is the only research and development firm that directly serves the nation’s governors.
  • MetisNet works with foundations, government, and individuals to identify the most effective ways to shape investments to catalyze social change. Our mission stems from the very root of our name – metis – a Greek word for local knowledge. Drawing on multiple perspectives, MetisNet works with clients to develop vibrant, asset-based investment strategies.
  • The Nellie Mae Education Foundation is working to reshape public education across New England to be more equitable and more effective – so every learner graduates from high school prepared for success. With new approaches expanding learning beyond the school calendar and walls, all learners can develop skills and knowledge for life in our changing world.
  • The Donnell-Kay Foundation is a private family foundation aiming to improve public education and drive systemic school reform in Colorado through research, creative dialogue and critical thinking. Our focus is funding reform and state-level policy in the areas of early childhood, K-12 and higher education.



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