http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/media/Betapic.jpg?itok=6bG2OIdfBy Michelle Navarre Cleary. In an era of soaring concern over student loan debt, the idea of awarding students credit for what they already know or can learn on their own is taking center stage, dubbed a top education trend of 2014. By putting the focus on outputs—on what students know and can do—so-called “competence-based” programs increase transparency and do away with rigid credit and classroom time requirements, saving students both time and money—often tens of thousands of dollars on the way to a college degree. Read more...