Mastering Three Levels of Competencies
Foundry College characterizes skills and knowledge at three different levels—nano, mini and macro. Each group of nano competencies builds into a mini competency, and each group of mini competencies builds into a macro competency. Students acquire competencies in steady, intentional sequences, making progress in every single class session.
Specific competencies, such as finding the source of a claim
More general competencies, such as evaluating source quality in news reports
General competencies, such as detecting fake news (a type of critical thinking)
Foundry College doesn’t give grades—students have either “mastered” a competency or are “in progress.” Although this approach is similar to the traditional concept of pass/fail, a “pass” at Foundry College means more than just getting by: students must demonstrate a deep understanding of the material and ability to consistently apply skills and knowledge into practice.
To master a competency, students must achieve a perfect score (every answer correct) on an end-of-class quiz. Once they pass (which may require multiple attempts), students are considered to have mastered the material—however, students must remember the material and pass an end-of-class cumulative final quiz.
Students who don’t pass the end-of-class quiz after two attempts must review the recording of the relevant lecture outside of class. After they do, students can try again to pass the quiz.
Supporting Student Success
Foundry College courses are designed such that all required material can be learned in class, with no pre-work or homework. However, we know that students may occasionally need extra support to master certain skills or knowledge. We offer free one-on-one personal coaching and free one-on-one academic mentoring to help students succeed.