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Competency-Based Education at the University of Kansas

Jayhawk Flex

Harnessing research expertise to revolutionize higher education by making it more accessible and affordable, without sacrificing quality or integrity, delivered with maximum flexibility. This is an opportunity for KU Faculty, Students, and Staff to be at the cutting edge of education.

Welcome to Jayhawk Flex

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Jayhawk Flex and CBE

Learn about Competency-Based Education, the approach at the heart of Jayhawk Flex programs.
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Key Benefits of CBE

What are the key benefits of incorporating CBE into our academic offerings?
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Overview of Jayhawk Flex

How will CBE, via Jayhawk Flex, be implemented at the University of Kansas?
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Updates from the Jayhawk Flex Team

Learn about the ongoing Jayhawk Flex developmental process, as it happens.
Barbara A. Bichelmeyer

Competency-Based Education holds many benefits for everyone involved in the education of a student; the institution and administrators, faculty and program leaders, potential employers, and, of course, the students themselves. With Jayhawk Flex, we are at the edge of a new horizon in education.


Barbara A. Bichelmeyer
KU Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

In February of 2023, representatives from faculty, administration, technology, student success, and business convened for the Competency-Based Education Design Charrette. This two-day event established key objectives in integrating CBE at KU, with a roadmap for developing considered, research-informed recommendations, split across five separate teams: Student Success, Business Processes, Information Technology, Curriculum & Learning Transformation, and Leadership.

The impetus of this convention was a recognition of the value CBE provides to all parties involved in postsecondary education; from faculty, students and their parents, administration and executive personnel, student support staff, and information technology specialists. 

The development process of the Jayhawk Flex Competency-Based Education initiative has been a highly collaborative one, drawing on the wealth of knowledge, skills, and expertise across several colleges and staff at the University of Kansas.

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Who We Are

The Jayhawk Flex Team is a group of nearly 100 faculty, administrative staff, university leaders, and technology specialists split into strands based on area of expertise and responsibility

Who We Are


Updates from the Jayhawk Flex Team

CBE at KU Updates 04.10.2024

Highlights Developing program development timelines with approval pathways for each Inaugural Flex Program. These will be shared in the next few weeks. Canvas add-ons currently being evaluated and demos to be scheduled soon.

CBE at KU Updates 04.03.2024

Highlights Developing program development timelines with approval pathways for each Inaugural Flex Program. These will be shared in the next few weeks. Canvas add-ons currently being evaluated and demos to be scheduled soon.

CBE at KU Updates 03.27.2024

Highlights Developing program development timelines with approval pathways for each Inaugural Flex Program. These will be shared in the next few weeks.

CBE at KU Updates 03.20.2024

Highlights CBExchange 2024 (Colorado Springs) - Call for Proposals now open. Submit by this Friday, March 22.
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The Journey Ahead

As our teams work toward a Spring 2025 launch goal, the process remains collaborative and open to additional willing partners.

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