Flexible Learning Options and Competency-Based Education

We offer an education based on real-world experience, on a schedule that fits your real life.

Learning Options

Explore the flexibility and dynamic interaction of an education at Purdue Global today and prepare for a better tomorrow. Learn 100% online from anywhere in the world. You can also visit one of our regional ground locations to take advantage of local, onsite support and services. Purdue Global programs help students acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors needed to be successful in their current and future careers.

We believe that the classroom—online, onsite, or a combination of both—is the environment best suited for students to acquire competencies; it is where they learn, practice applying what they learn, and demonstrate mastery that translates to a work-related setting. Learning is both instructor-led and collaborative with extensive peer-to-peer interaction.

ExcelTrackTM

ExcelTrackTM is a personalized, competency-based option available for select programs. It gives you more control—getting you to the same degree faster, for less money.

Traditional Classroom

Purdue Global offers a learning experience that's both customized and flexible, so you can study on your schedule, on your terms. With more than 180 degrees and programs, we put you first.

Our dedicated Office of Student Support provides you with academic support and personal attention when you need it most. Explore the flexibility and dynamic interaction of an online education at Purdue Global today.

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With locations in Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Maine, Missouri, Maryland, and Wisconsin, you'll have access to career-focused programs as well as the added benefit of local support and services to personalize your Purdue Global experience.

With Purdue Global, you have the advantage of curriculum designed to help you reach your goals. Many Purdue Global programs are developed around the needs of local employers, which could allow you to become more competitive for jobs in your area.

Find a Location

Concord Law School at Purdue University Global, the nation’s first fully online law school, has been the leader in the development of online law school programs that leverage the latest technology and flexibility. Concord faculty and staff continually work to fulfill our mission to deliver a sound program of legal education that is accessible and affordable.

Concord Law School

Competency Report FAQs

Beyond a traditional official graded transcript, each student enrolled in a degree program at Purdue Global has access to a Competency Report. The Competency Report shows a student's capacity, demonstrated throughout his or her program, to effectively apply the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors required to execute work-related activities and projects. The graded transcript combined with the Competency Report provides Purdue Global graduates with the tools to convey what they can offer prospective and/or current employers.

  • It is a tool that presents a student's capacity, demonstrated throughout his or her degree program(s) at the University, to effectively apply the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors required to execute work-related activities and projects.

    It is visible to each student in the Purdue Global Campus student portal at any time during his or her degree program and is available as a printable PDF.

  • The Competency Report, in combination with an official graded transcript, provides a more complete picture of a student’s academic achievement and how it relates to his or her career.

  • Using scoring rubrics, Purdue Global faculty assess each student's mastery of course-level learning outcomes. These learning outcomes focus on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors a student strives to master upon completion of a course or program.

  • The competency scale used with the scoring rubric consists of five levels:

    • No Progress (0)
    • Introductory (1)
    • Emergent (2)
    • Practiced (3)
    • Proficient (4)
    • Mastery (5)     

    No Progress: Student's work demonstrates no understanding or progress toward achievement of the learning outcome.
    Introductory: Student demonstrates rudimentary understanding and minimal progress toward the achievement of the learning outcome.
    Emergent: Student's work demonstrates general understanding and some progress toward achievement of the learning outcome.
    Practiced: Student's work demonstrates clear understanding and good progress toward achievement of the learning outcome.
    Proficient: Student's work demonstrates strong comprehension and sufficient progress toward achievement of the learning outcome.
    Mastery: Student's work demonstrates exemplary comprehension and full achievement of the learning outcome.

  • Course grades are comprised of individual assignment grades, which reflect how well a student performs on a variety of criteria such as content knowledge, timeliness, fulfillment of assignment directions, formatting and style, as well as other coursework such as discussion boards, quizzes, and seminar attendance.

    By contrast, mastery of learning outcomes is measured solely on the content-specific criteria laid out in the scoring rubric.

    While learning outcomes data and course grades are both based on student assignments and coursework, each provides important insight into a student's performance and ability to engage in work-related activities and projects.

  • The information provided in the Purdue Global Competency Report is validated by Purdue Global. Because the information is customized and printed by the student, the Purdue Global Competency Report is always considered an unofficial document.