This is partially inspired by this thread :
Outcome Based Education (also called Mastery Based Education) was a popular idea in secondary education in the US in the 1990’s. Basically, I understand that the idea was that, in theory, instead of requiring students to obtain at least X credit hours each of which requires at least Y hours in the classroom, students woud be required to pass defined “outcomes” in order to graduate, and they could take as much time or as little time as they need. e.g. instead of being required to take and pass 4 credits of English, one each year, with each year having defined requirements, they would just be given a heap of requirements on enrollment and work toward them, and they get their credits when they pass all the evaluations, whether that is a month after enrollment, or 1 week before graduation. E.g. one requirement might be “The student shall demonstrate the ability to write a 5 page essay on a current social topic”, and another might be that “The student shall demonstrate an acceptable knowlege of English grammar by obtaining at least an 80% grade on an examination approved by the school system and administered by a certified teacher”. The idea of “failing” a course would be eliminated - you could take an extra week to pound the books and try the final exam again, rather than having to take the entire course again.
In real life, this didn’t work very well. School systems found it difficult to define a sufficient set of outcomes, and many of the outcomes that were defined were social outcomes rather than academic ones, such as requirements that the student appreciate diversity, which cannot be “passed” in any meaningful sense.
I took one college class that seemed to take something from this philosophy. We had graded homework, but we were allowed to resubmit homework for a better grade.
Was this ever tried at the postsecondary level? I’m imagining that this might work better in the college environment, where things are more loosely regulated and almost everyone is an adult who wants to be there. It does seem similar to PhD work, where you are spending a lot of time working on your dissertation with your advisor over time, with less rigid deadlines, rather than passing at least X credit hours. Are there any Bachelor’s programs that did, or do, this?