Commons Photo of Karlsplatz

Welcome to the Texas CBE Bank! Designed by the Institute for Competency-Based Education and Center for IT Excellence at Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAMU-C) in conjunction with the Texas CBE Consortium, this interactive site provides resources to assist institutions in Texas (and beyond) to develop CBE competencies, courses, and programs.

It is our intent that, like a town square, this site becomes a dynamic, collaborative gathering (virtual) space for those working in the field of CBE to collectively share ideas, resources, and contacts. This beta version focuses on sharing the competencies (and related information) developed jointly by TAMU-C, South Texas College, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate (TAB) Program. For more information on the creation of these competencies and the TAB Program, see the case study prepared by the Council for Adult and Experiential Education.


In 2015, a statewide work group – now the Texas CBE Consortium – of institutions that have implemented or are interested in implementing CBE began sharing resources through an online site, but this was limited to members of the group and largely involved sharing published articles and reports, event information, and the like. In spite of the fact that, according to the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN), there are nearly 600 institutions nationwide in different phases of developing their own CBE programs, there does not, to our knowledge, currently exist a repository of actual artifacts from CBE Programs to be used in CBE program development and implementation. However, a variety of models for sharing of learning resources in higher education does exist (e.g. C-BEN and, which most closely align with this proposed project; Teachur; Merlot; TXLOR; OpenStax; and OpenCourseWare). With a growing market for these types of products, we see an open opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation by creating the Texas CBE Bank.

Karlsplatz (Stachus), view towards Justizpalast, Munich, Bavaria, ca. 1895
Photochrom print by Photoglob Zürich, between 1890 and 1900.