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University of Maine at Presque Isle Partners with Sagence Learning, Inc. to Launch New Competency-Based Bachelor’s Degree & Supplemental Programs

November 9, 2016

Education Designed to Connect Higher Education Students with their Career Aspirations

Brooklyn, NY, Washington, DC- November 9, 2016-- Sagence Learning, Inc. has partnered with the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) to enable its first full CBE program. Designed to be delivered in both online and hybrid modalities, UMPI will launch a Bachelor's Degree Program in Business Administration, as well as competency-based learning modules for college algebra.  The college algebra module is intended to fill knowledge gaps for students beginning or resuming their educational journey and will be available to any student needing extra help with college level math.

UMPI and Sagence Learning believe in expanding education opportunities for all students by providing flexible, learner-directed, and affordable programs that connect higher education with career aspirations. UMPI President Ray Rice stated, "Creating multiple degree pathways and providing students with opportunities that help them save time and money as they move toward degree completion is extremely important to us.”

“We are honored to be part of UMPI’s career advancement and degree completion initiatives”, stated Sagence Learning’s CEO, Jade Roth, “our technology supports clear and demonstrable skill mastery and enables institutions like UMPI to meet the changing needs of both existing and new students.”  Unlike traditional self-paced CBE programs, UMPI will rely on an instructor-driven pacing model that capitalizes their faculty expertise. Faculty will be involved in all aspects of designing, delivering, and assessing curriculum. "Not only will this unique customization of CBE differentiate our University from other New England schools, it will also provide incoming and continuing students with a supportive and highly engaging start to their college education, said Dr. Rice. 

UMPI anticipates a Fall 2017 launch for their new competency based degree programs.

About University of Maine at Presque Isle

UMPI is an institution of opportunity where every student has the ability to thrive and succeed. Founded in 1903, UMPI specializes in personalized learning and providing access to real-world career experience. Following the 2012 State of Maine legislative initiative to introduce "proficiency-based education" in the state's public K-12 schools by 2018, UMPI leadership initiated an effort to develop CBE programming to address the challenges facing first generation, primarily low income, first-time, full-time students.

About Sagence Learning, Inc.: 

Sagence Learning, Inc. is an educational technology company with offices in Brooklyn, NY and Washington, D.C.  Sagence Learning, Inc., provides leading-edge competency-based technology that empowers schools to provide flexible, learner-directed, high quality and affordable education, focused on demonstrable skill mastery without significant investments in infrastructure.

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Resources

CBE Network.org

A National Consortium for Designing, Developing and Scaling New Models for Student Learning

CBE Info.org

Discover the impact of Competency-Based Education on higher learning and how to implement CBE programs at your institution

HLC Commission.org

Common Framework for Defining and Approving Competency-Based Education Programs

US Dept of Education.gov

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