What is Competency-Based Education?
Simply stated, competency-based education is an approach to curriculum development that is based on a predetermined set of knowledge, skills, and abilities, called “competencies,” that the student is expected to accomplish before progressing. Westminster’s competency-based programs go a step beyond by combining that principle with our commitment to academic excellence, centered on the student.
At Westminster College, a competency-based education is one that requires students to meet rigorous standards—students demonstrate what they’ve learned in authentic, meaningful ways, far beyond taking a standardized test, and move to the next level when they have achieved expertise in each required competency.
Westminster offers high quality, rigorous academic programs; hands-on, engaged learning environments; and close student-faculty relationships. All Westminster students are challenged to experiment with ideas, raise questions, critically examine alternatives, and make informed decisions. Westminster graduates are skilled critical thinkers, leaders, and innovators who are highly sought after by employers.
Competency-Based Programs are: