The College for All Texans Foundation (CFAT) is soliciting applications from institutions of higher education to develop and implement new Texas Affordable Baccalaureate (TAB) degrees programs. It is anticipated (although not required) that applications submitted will propose programs that are competency-based, meaning they are built with an intentional, transparent approach to curricular design using an academic model in which the time it takes to demonstrate learning varies and expectations what must be learned are held constant. Students acquire and demonstrate their knowledge and skills by engaging in learning exercises, activities, and experiences that align with clearly defined programmatic outcomes. Students receive proactive guidance and support from faculty and staff. Learners earn credentials by demonstrating proficiency or mastery through multiple forms of assessment, often at a personalized pace. The Competency-Based Education Network is a national consortium for designing, developing, and scaling competency-based programs and can serve as a resource to institutions.
Awards of up to $170,000 will require a minimum of a one-to-one match from participating institutions. These grants are intended as “seed grants” to assist in the development of TAB programs and will require institutional commitment for sustainability. Applications are due July 13, 2016.
For additional details and copy of the Request for Application (RFA), please visit www.thecb.state.tx.us/TABGrant.