What is Competency-Based Education and How is it Different? [Infographic]

Did you know more than 37 million Americans have attended some type of college, but failed to complete a degree?

It’s safe to say that if you’re not that individual, you know someone who is looking to complete their degree. All those credits, time and textbooks … wasted. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

If you’re laser focused on completing that degree, and your days are free, find the nearest physical campus and sign up! But if you’re working full-time and trying to balance your work, life and school, maybe online courses are the way forward. Either way, just get it done!  

Traditional learning is a structured schedule, receiving guidance from instructors and connecting with your fellow students in person—whereas competency-based learning is at your own pace and you earn a degree in your time, on your schedule.

If you’re looking for the plan that’s right for you, this infographic shows you the pros and cons for your individual needs. After that, check out how to choose a college when you’re ready to make your final decision.


If you're interested in learning more about pursuing a college education utilizing competency based
learning please check out our Flex Choice program!

This piece of ad content was created by Rasmussen College to support its educational programs. Rasmussen College may not prepare students for all positions featured within this content. Please visit www.rasmussen.edu/degrees for a list of programs offered. External links provided on rasmussen.edu are for reference only. Rasmussen College does not guarantee, approve, control, or specifically endorse the information or products available on websites linked to, and is not endorsed by website owners, authors and/or organizations referenced. Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation.

Kendall is an Online Community Specialist at Collegis Education who oversees online communities on behalf of Rasmussen College. She has a passion for social media and enjoys motivating and encouraging former, current and future learners.

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