Brandman University teams up with Strut to offer adaptive, mobile competency based education degree

January 27, 2014 by Brandman University
IRVINE, Calif. (January 27, 2014) – Brandman University, a private nonprofit institution, has engaged with education content and technology enabler Strut to offer an online competency based bachelor’s degree in business administration (BBA).

“Our vision is to be the leader in the evolution of adult learning and launching our competency based BBA helps achieve this vision,” said Gary Brahm, chancellor of Brandman University. “We believe our relationship with Strut will be instrumental in delivering a high quality degree offering to adults who already have real world experience but lack a degree.”

Brandman is offering a WSCUC accredited competency-based BBA to help combat several negative trends in higher education. “Higher education enrollments have declined in the past year due to higher education costs,” said Dr. Charles Bullock, provost of Brandman University. “54% of Americans are underemployed and employers are telling us that the skills gap is widening. We view competency based education as a way to address these issues.”

“A competency based education degree will allow students to benefit from what they have already mastered,” said Brahm. “Students will take an assessment and then adaptive software will modify the content so that students will be taught only what they don’t know. This will allow a student to progress at his or her own pace and there is no need to sit in a classroom lecture setting. A competency based degree can be earned on average in 30 months and for a price that is half of what most state universities charge,” said Brahm.

“This allows us to address the negative trends in higher education such as cost, time spent in the classroom and employers will now have better equipped employees.”

Brandman choose to partner with Strut based on the company’s proven track record delivering high quality educational platforms and digital content.

“There are a number of catalysts making this movement toward personalized learning, at scale, possible. We have an entrepreneurial regulatory awakening – the U.S. Department of Education actively seeking new models and encouraging experimental sites – this is a major game changer.  In response, many of our high performing institutions of higher education are submitting truly groundbreaking competency-driven approaches. These models will combine a powerful mix of faculty mentored learning with algorithmic learning and analytics – adaptive learning. And finally, the convergence of our physical and digital lives means that we will soon have smart learning devices and experiences in our hands 24/7. The team at Brandman are incredible thought partners and co-developers of this new paradigm,” said James Rianhard, president of Strut.

Bullock and Rianhard recently presented the framework of competency based education at the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 23.


About Strut

Strut is an award winning leader in next-generation technology serving the higher education and corporate learning sectors. Our mission is to improve student outcomes through dynamic and adaptive personalized educational experiences. We provide flexible, affordable, engaging student-centered educational programs that deliver measurable and authentic mastery of skills and credentials for workforce and career alignment. Strut supports master’s degree and bachelor’s degree programs in concert with certificates and individual courses across business, education, healthcare and information technology. At the heart of our offerings is a sophisticated, next-generation, modular platform built specifically to enable faculty to rapidly develop, closely support and efficiently deliver advanced educational models. To help our partners modernize and optimize online offerings we offer expert instructional planning and design services. Learn more about Strut Learning’s award winning technologies and services by visiting our website,


About Brandman University

Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). As part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with innovative curriculum and strong support services designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers 90+ career paths—including degree programs, emphasis areas, concentrations, credentials, and specialties comprising both credit and non-credit bearing coursework, across its schools of arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and health. Brandman serves about 13,000 students seeking degrees and credentials with programs available at more than 25 campuses throughout California and Washington and online, and through its self-paced online competency-based education modality, Brandman MyPath™. For additional information, visit



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