No Longer out of Reach: Blended Competency-Based College Models for Accelerating Higher Education for Refugee Students

Authors

  • Meagan Hoff Texas State University
  • Khaleel Shreet Southern New Hampshire University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jcihe.v12iWinter.1380

Keywords:

refugees, higher education, competency-based education, academic support

Abstract

Higher education offers a pathway to gain or recuperate professional credentials, particularly after experiencing forced displacement. Yet only 1% of refugees pursue postsecondary studies due, in part, to numerous obstacles on that path to college. The purpose of this study was to understand how a competency-based college program facilitates access to college for students from refugee backgrounds. This paper details the findings from a qualitative case study with refugee-background students enrolled in a college program that combines a competency-based model with in-person support. Using the ecological model of college readiness, we found that refugee students benefited from a combination of the project-based program format coupled with in-person support.

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Author Biographies

Meagan Hoff, Texas State University

Meagan A. Hoff, Texas State University

Doctoral Student in Development Education

mhoff@txstate.edu

Khaleel Shreet, Southern New Hampshire University

Khaleel Shreet, Southern New Hampshire University

Doctoral Student in Educational Leadership; Senior Coach and Director of NH Program at Duet

khaleel.shreet@duet.org

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Published

2020-12-08

How to Cite

Hoff, M., & Shreet, K. (2020). No Longer out of Reach: Blended Competency-Based College Models for Accelerating Higher Education for Refugee Students. Journal of Comparative &Amp; International Higher Education, 12(Winter), 61–80. https://doi.org/10.32674/jcihe.v12iWinter.1380

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Winter 2020 Special Edition: Thriving in the Face of Adversity (Refugees)