“How do educational leaders develop effective competency-based curriculums?” For her new study, Lisa McIntyre-Hite, executive director of product innovation at Walden University’s Center for Learning Innovation, set out to answer this by interviewing 10 experts in competency-based program development. McIntyre-Hite identified the following challenges and opportunities in creating competencies, assessments, and implementing learning tools for educational leaders to consider: 1. Partner with employers to design competencies, 2. Create new value propositions that encourage outcomes over inputs, and 3. Align competencies and assessments with workforce needs. Overall, the experts interviewed agreed that “partnering with employers and academic experts to create specific, actionable, and measurable competencies can help fulfill the promise of higher education and result in graduating students who have the skills needed for success in the workforce.” For the 600+ institutions developing competency-based programs, we think we found you an excellent checklist. Enjoy!