Press Release: Coastline Community College Submits Competency-Based Education Direct Assessment Application to the Department of Education

Fountain Valley, CA | PRNewswire | February 1, 2024

Coastline College has officially submitted their Direct Assessment Competency-Based Education (CBE) application to the Department of Education. This significant step forward aligns with Coastline's commitment to providing flexible, high-quality education that meets the needs of their diverse student body. Coastline College is the first community college to submit their application as part of the California Community College Chancellor's Office's CBE Pilot project.

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Direct Assessment Competency-Based Education is a unique method that focuses on the mastery of specific skills or competencies. Unlike traditional education models that measures learning based on time spent in a classroom, direct assessment programs allow students to progress by demonstrating their proficiency in the subject matter.

The proposed Coastline CBE program is designed to allow students to advance based on their ability to master a skill or competency at their own pace. This method is tailored to meet different learning abilities, values students' experiences, and can lead to more efficient student outcomes. This historic accomplishment was made possible by collaboration between faculty and administration.

Dr. Shelly Blair, Dean of Innovative Learning & Career Education, said, "The value of these programs is immense. They provide a flexible and efficient pathway for our students to achieve their academic goals. Being the first in the state to hit this milestone is a testament to our commitment to innovation and student success."

"We are excited about the potential of our CBE program and look forward to the Department of Education's response to our application," added Dr. Vince Rodriguez, President. "Coastline has a history of innovation, and this is the next step in adapting to meet student needs."

Coastline College is deeply committed to achieving the highest level of academic excellence and student success. The breadth of programs offered at Coastline College range from traditional degrees leading to transfer, associate degrees, career education certificates and non-traditional certificates for students. Coastline provides educational and career pathways to the military community that active duty, reservists, national guard, veterans, and family members.

About Coastline College:

Coastline College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. For eight consecutive years, Coastline College was selected as one of the top 150 colleges by The Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence which is considered the most prestigious designation for community colleges. Coastline delivers flexible courses and services that cultivate and guide diverse student populations across the globe to complete pathways leading to the attainment of associate degrees, certificates, career readiness, and transfer to four-year colleges/universities.

Shelly Blair, PhD
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Coastline College
11460 Warner Av.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708