Moving Across Academic Disciplines: The Opportunities and Challenges of Operationalizing Competency-Based Design

Authors

  • Susan Tomlinson Schmidt President, The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
  • Dorothy Norris-Tirrell Senior Director of Academic Affairs & Research The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18666/JNEL-2017-V7-SI1-8245

Keywords:

competency-based, nonprofit workforce, accreditation

Abstract

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance joins the conversation about accreditation as a bridge from the academy to the workforce. For nonprofit organization practitioners and hiring professionals, the disciplinary home of the courses and degrees for nonprofit-related education is less important than the content provided. This essay highlights two main points: (1) Working across disciplines and across institutions is messy and complex, and (2) competency-based design gives order, but requires focused staff resources and ongoing work to develop and maintain successfully. Because the study of nonprofits is inherently cross-disciplinary and the types of institutions, program homes, and degree areas are diverse, broad scope accreditation will likely not be quick or easy.

Published

2017-04-13

Issue

Section

Contours of the Accreditation Purpose and Process