CBExchange, an annual conference hosted by C-BEN, is the foremost conference on competency-based education, where leaders from hundreds of institutions gather to learn how to build and bring to scale high-quality programs.
a wide range of competency-based models while sharpening your CBE know-how.
new insights, strategies and best practices from experienced colleagues who are willing to provide real-time advice, answers, and ideas.
to a dynamic and welcoming community that collectively seeks to expand competency-based learning so education is more flexible, responsible, and valuable.
This year's conference will showcase 11 general sessions, featuring the field's leading experts, and more than 50 breakout sessions, with more available on-demand, all of which will be led by seasoned professionals. Discover much-needed products and services in our very first Bear-ier Hunt. We aim for this year's conference to inspire you and leave you feeling revitalized and energized about the work ahead.
Conference Presenters: Upon acceptance, you will receive a discount code.
*CBExchange Experience Box delivery is not guaranteed before event with Late Registration.
**Pre-Conference Workshop and C-BEN Member Only Convening attendees must register before October 15, 2021. Space is limited.
***Additional shipping fees apply for shipments made outside the U.S. Virtual registration does not include a CBExchange Experience Box.
Member-Only Opening Reception: Monday, November 8 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hill Country Lawn and Pavillion
Member-Only Convening: Tuesday, November 9 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Longing to reconnect with your CBE colleagues from around the world? Join us for the member-only convening with content focused on advanced practitioners.
Tuesday, November 9 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Shoal Creek A&B
CBE Boot-Up Camp
Looking to get started in competency-based learning but just don’t know where to begin? Join us for CBE Boot-Up Camp, a CBExchange pre-conference workshop, where you’ll learn all about CBE, including how to create quality CBE programs and credentials. Whether you are looking to build a full degree program or a microcredential, CBE Boot-Up Camp can help you map your adventure!
The nation’s leading experts, serving as your Camp Counselors, will guide you through a series of activities to show you how competency-based education is done. We’ll start with a solid foundation, C-BEN’s Quality Framework for CBE Programs, and use backward design principles to share our method for designing quality offerings for all learners.
When CBE Boot-Up Camp ends, you’ll be a happy camper heading into CBExchange because you will know how to:
We are a network of institutions, employers, and experts committed to unlocking the potential of competency-based learning to ensure education and training is more flexible, responsive, and valuable. C-BEN is the go-to source on competency-based learning—home to practitioners and leaders who are reimagining education and helping others design and build high-quality offerings. Through our work, we aim to advance the understanding of competency-based learning, accelerate its development and scale, develop and maintain quality standards, and remove barriers to its continued growth.
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Dr. Amardeep Kahlon is passionate about innovation and research in higher education. With over two decades of experience at both the local and international level, she is keenly interested in innovative pedagogies for increasing student retention and engagement, in particular competency-based education. She is currently the Dean of the Technical Institute for Environmental Professions at Unity College in Maine. For six years (2015-2021) she was the director of Fast Track to Success, a competency-based education project funded through a federal grant. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Competency-Based Education Network. In addition, she has served on the National Center for Women in Information Technology Academic Alliance Advisory Board. Outside the US, she has served as the founding Dean of academic affairs at a university in India.
She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Ashley Macky has worked at WGU since 2019 and currently serves as a Lead Evaluator on the Business Core evaluation team. Her role supports Evaluators, Operations, and Instructors by providing course training, evaluation calibration, and data analytics to ensure evaluations are helpful, fair, and accurate. Ashley appreciates looking at the big picture and understanding how each piece influences learner success.
Ashley’s background is in Human Resources with an emphasis on talent acquisition and benefits management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration from WGU. After experiencing the learner-focused, competency-based model, she knew she wanted to join WGU after graduation. She lives in Indiana with her family. Ashley enjoys reading, being in nature, and watching her son play baseball.
|Barbara Endel is an independent consultant and senior advisor to a national non-profit, Jobs for the Future (JFF), specializing in system-building and strategy for innovation in adult education and workforce development. Dr. Endel has worked with numerous states, community colleges and adult education programs across the country to support the capacity of institutional leaders to effectively engage in the hard work of change on behalf of student success.
Dr. Endel has is co-author of a new Field Guide: ALIGN Knowledge and Skills for the Future of Work a Kentucky Community & Technical College System Competency-based Learning Initiative. In addition, she has led several research studies, including support for What Works for Adult Learners, a meta-analysis of policies and practices that promote career pathways. Barbara has spoken nationally and internationally on a wide range of Future of Work, evidence-based practices, and career mobility topics. She is deeply committed to supporting economic advancement for adult learners.
Bart Herridge Biography
Bart Herridge serves as the Senior Director for Partner Launch for StraighterLine, helping academic institutions increase enrollment and improve student outcomes for at-risk and other populations. He has worked in private higher education since 1991 and has served over 30 different colleges and universities as a consultant during that time. Prior to StraighterLine, Bart served as the Dean of Student Engagement & Retention at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, where he had previously worked in enrollment management and as the University Registrar. Bart has presented at many professional conferences and was published in the Journal of Marketing for Higher Education for innovative practices using market segmentation and predictive modeling.
Bart’s bachelor’s degree is from Abilene Christian University and his Master’s in Business Administration is from Millsaps College.
Dr. Charla Long is the Executive Director for the Competency-Based Education Network, an international consortium of higher education institutions and statewide systems seeking to design, develop, and scale new models of student learning. Additionally, she leads C-BEN’s Consulting Services, which is dedicated to helping institutions with competency-based learning. In 2016, Long was recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the Top 10 Most Influential People in Higher Education for her work in competency-based education. Long is co-author of The Leader’s Guide to Competency-Based Education (2018).
During 2015, she served as a consultant to Public Agenda on two significant CBE national landscape and field-building projects, funded by both the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation. In this role, she provided insights, tools, and support to individuals and institutions seeking to advance competency-based education in the United States. These tools included the CBE Ecosystem Framework, the Shared Design Elements and Emerging Practices Model and Research Report, and the CBExchange conference where hundreds of institutions learned how to build high-quality CBE programs. Prior to this, Long was the founding dean of the College of Professional Studies at Lipscomb University and the creator of their nationally acclaimed competency-based education (CBE) model and badging ecosystem. Long has over 20 years of higher education experience at both public and private institutions in the United States.
Harmony Little is the Executive Director of Credentialing Strategies in the Chancellor’s Office at the Kentucky Community & Technical College System. Her work includes helping students leverage career pathways, accelerate time to degrees and enhancing learner supports. Harmony provides leadership and support to the 16 KCTCS colleges on dual credit and transfer and represents KCTCS with state partners in these areas. For the past year, Harmony has also served as the project manager for the ALIGN project, a system-wide planning process to design an implementation plan for an education model aligned to the knowledge and skills relevant to state and local workforce needs. Harmony has also held the positions of Director of Career Pathways in the Transitions Department and Project Coordinator in the Workforce Solutions Department at KCTCS. Prior to joining KCTCS, she worked in the non-profit sector focusing on economic empowerment, housing and community development initiatives. Harmony is passionate about helping students succeed, from finding ways to ensure they get credit for knowledge and skills they already have and to ensuring every academic credit counts towards their credentials. She earned her Masters of Public Administration at the University of Kentucky and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and World Politics from Hamilton College.
Ingrid Washington is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Gateway Community and Technical College.
As the Chief Student Affairs Officer at Gateway Community and Technical College for over 15 years, Ingrid oversees student services and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives for the college. A proven leader in student affairs and higher education administration, Ingrid has experience leading cross-functional teams in student support, strategic planning, accreditation and organizational development.
Ingrid earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Union College, a Master’s Degree in Education from Union College, and doctoral coursework in Educational Leadership and Management from Capella University.
A Communication faculty member since 1991, Ms. Hornback has taught a variety of courses, and provided training in the areas of Leadership, Team Development, Organizational Communication, and Strategic Planning. She was one of twenty faculty to launch KCTCS distance learning, served as Chair of the ECTC Division of Arts and Humanities, served as KCTCS Communication Curriculum Committee Chair leading to the development of COM 205-Business and Professional Communication, served as development lead for the ECTC Quality Enhancement Plan-integrating essential skills into college classrooms. In addition, she is a graduate of the University of Kentucky Community College Leadership Academy and served as the Faculty Representative to the ECTC Board of Directors. She currently serves as Professor of Communication teaching both Interpersonal Communication and Intercultural Communication, and as a KCTCS Chancellor’s Fellow for the Future of Work as part of the ALIGN Project Facilitation Team. She is a graduate of Elizabethtown Community College – Associate of Arts; and a graduate of Western Kentucky University – MA in Organizational Communication.
Maggie Snyder is an independent consultant working to support projects that improve equitable economic opportunity. Her expertise is anchored in the intersection of postsecondary education and workforce development. Formerly at ECMC Foundation, Maggie supported a large-scale career readiness portfolio of more than $20 million across 30 projects. Her consulting work focuses on strategy development, initiative implementation, primary research, synthesis and analysis, report writing, and process documentation. Maggie has a bachelor’s degree from Denison University and a Master’s of Public Policy from Vanderbilt University.
Michael holds a master’s degree in Computer Information Systems and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He has worked extensively in the software industry with over 20+ years of experience managing and manipulating data and customizing software. Prior to D2L, he was a D2L higher education client for three years and managed the Analytics implementation at Daytona State College during that time. Mike is particularly interested in the effective integration of educational technology tools into the online teaching environment and the classroom.
Mike Rodgers currently serves as a Chancellor’s Fellow for the Future of Work with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and as the Chief Institutional Officer at Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC), Owensboro, KY. Mike holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Western Kentucky University and a Leadership Certificate in Higher Education from the University of South Carolina. He served as Director of the OCTC Southeastern Campus from 2011 to 2015, when he assumed the Chief Academic Officers role at OCTC until he became the Chief Institutional Officer in 2018. Mike is a past recipient of the KCTCS New Horizons Administrative Staff Award and the South Carolina Technical Educator of the Year Award. Mike has been responsible for technical education programs in STEM related areas such as Automotive, Diesel, Construction, HVAC, Vet Tech, Healthcare Facilities Leadership, Agriculture, Tech X Fabrication, and Welding. He was the Principal Investigator of the NSF-ATE grant “Preparing Technicians for Advanced Transportation Fuels” and also served 10 years as the automotive program coordinator for Piedmont Technical College before coming to OCTC. His technical education background paired with advancement and leadership abilities allows him to work across units as a liaison between resource development, technical programs, maintenance and operations, and workforce development to facilitate projects in support of education and initiatives leading to student success. Mike is also a current board member with the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition and serves on the Ohio County Economic Development Alliance and Hancock County Industrial Foundation.
Dr. Paul J. LeBlanc is President of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Under the 17 years of Paul’s direction, SNHU has more grown from 2800 students to over 152,000 and is the largest non-profit provider of online higher education in the country, and the first to have a full competency-based degree program untethered to the credit hour or classes approved by a regional accreditor and the US Department of Education. In 2018, SNHU acquired LRNG, a non-profit serving an additional 50,000 low income youth in 18 major American cities.
Paul is widely considered one of America’s most innovative educators. In 2012, the university was #12 on Fast Company magazine’s “World’s Fifty Most Innovative Companies” list and was the only university included. Forbes Magazine has listed him as one of its 15 “Classroom Revolutionaries” and Washington Monthly named him one of America’s ten most innovative university presidents.
In 2018, Paul won the prestigious IAA Institute Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education, joining some of the most respected university and college presidents in American higher education.
He served as Senior Policy Advisor to Under Secretary Ted Mitchell at the US Department of Education, working on competency-based education, new accreditation pathways, and innovation. He also serves on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) and served on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Board on Higher Education and Workforce. He is currently Board Chair for the American Council on Education.
Dr. Reshma Gouravajhala (she/hers) is the Research Scientist at WGU Academy, where she designs, implements, and evaluates interventions to better understand and improve student learning.
She earned her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, where her work focused on applying key cognitive psychology research concepts to education. Dr. Gouravajhala’s area of expertise is on identifying and mitigating individual differences in memory and complex learning (in and out of the classroom) using both quantitative and qualitative research methodology. Her research has helped to identify scalable strategies for individuals across the lifespan to improve their learning outcomes on typical educational measures and routine life tasks.
Susan Reese life call and training are summed up in the questions of “Who is God, who and I, and what is God doing through me?” Her BA in Religious Studies greatly shaped her knowledge and awareness of God, her MA in Counseling brought great insight to being Christian, human and the dynamics of change. Her Doctorate in Adult and Higher Education informed and influenced her belief in and love for adult education. Susan is a certified spiritual director and teaches in the SFS Listening People to Life: Training in Spiritual Direction.
Dan Blickensderfer is an experienced educator, instructional designer, academic technologist, and technical communication professional and has led teams of designers developing and delivering (collaboratively with faculty) competency-based education (CBE) for working adults and fully online graduate programs. Dan was part of the team at SNHU's College for America creating their first competency-based education (CBE) degree programs. Dan is interested in student-driven pedagogies and in using the affordances of technology in the service of those pedagogies. This includes project-based learning, open educational resources (OER), CBE, and digital credentials. Dan is Digital Credentials Technical Program Manager at IMS Global Learning.
With a deep experience in higher education and journalism, Elyse is a trusted strategist for higher education leaders, entrepreneurs, and researchers working at the forefront of education innovation. As part of Whiteboard Advisors’ Content Studios, she conducts research, drafts white papers and op-eds, and guides content strategy. She helps clients to identify, craft, and share thoughtful content that contextualizes clients’ innovative work in today’s ever-shifting education-to-employment landscape.
Elyse began her career as a journalist, and served as one of the top editors at The Chronicle of Higher Education, where she oversaw stories on enrollment management and student success. She then moved into higher education administration, heading up strategic communications and then serving as Chief of Staff to President Freeman Hrabowski at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, one of the nation’s most innovative research universities. Elyse earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her Master of Public Policy at UMBC.
Last fall, C-BEN and JFF launched The Equity Collaboratory to work with institutions across higher education, from those that are already fully invested in competency-based education across their programs and practices to those that want to adopt its principles in a few courses. The goal is to seed experimentation with this new model. Greater equity in higher education — and ultimately in labor market outcomes — is our ultimate aim. Participants used the CBE Action Plan, a field-facing output created by C-BEN and JFF, to support their development or revision of their CBE programming. The CBE Action Plan highlights the content introduced in the workshops that were held for participants throughout the program, including:
Problem Identification, CBE Theory of Change, Resources Needed, and Methods, and Strategies. Specifically, this action plan prompts CBE practitioners to think critically around their next steps for developing and launching a CBE program or revising their current CBE program to best reach and support all learners.
The nature of coaching the CBE learner session will convey the significance of coaching within higher education. Information on establishing and building the relationship capital with students will be presented. Coaching provides a meaningful connection with students. The central focus is to build a rapport with students to help them achieve their goals and be successful in college. The purpose of coaching is to help students persist and stay engaged throughout their educational journey.
Mastery View allows educators to easily view and understand the overall level of achievement by students related to each outcome being taught in a course. Quickly scan a learner’s overall achievement across the entire course and the overall level of comprehension of a learning outcome across all students. Educators can also easily drill in further to view each learner’s performance and access links to specific evidence items associated with each outcome. Join us to learn more about Mastery View, how it works with the Learning Outcomes tool and to see a demo.