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Performance-Based Admissions: How to Reach More Learners
“As universities look to serve a more diverse, global audience, we are seeing the emergence of performance-based admissions, which reduce barriers to access and give international and nontraditional learners a merit-based pathway into a degree program,” wrote Jeff Maggioncalda, Coursera CEO, in “2019 was a Pivotal Year for the Degree,” published by Inside Higher Ed in January 2020.

At the time, the University of Colorado at Boulder –an AAU, Research I institution– just announced its application-free Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program with performance-based admissions (PBA). In the past year, program enrollments have grown by 30 percent.

With the trend now gaining momentum, join an esteemed panel of PBA pioneers from CU Boulder on Wednesday November 2 at 8:00 AM PT/11:00 AM ET to hear about their inspiration for implementing the practice, highlights from their recent learner research that demonstrates the value of PBA, and stories about the PBA experience from learner, staff and faculty perspectives. Plus, you will have plenty of time to ask questions.

You’ll leave with:
- Best practices for delivering high-quality content through performance pathways that work for learners
- Real data that supports the efficacy and value of performance-based admissions for institutions and learners
- A better understanding of a performance-based program process—design to delivery— from faculty and administrator perspectives


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Dr. Sriram Sankaranarayanan
Professor of Computer Science @University of Colorado Boulder
Abby Rose
Program Manager, Office of Engineering Digital Education @University of Colorado Boulder
Erica Reid
Program and Marketing Manager @University of Colorado Boulder
Kaitlyn Rye
Graduate Program Advisor, MS in Data Science Program @University of Colorado Boulder
Dr. Quentin McAndrew
Academic Strategist @Coursera