Competency-based education is in vogue — even though most people have never heard of it, and those who have can't always agree on what it is.
A report out today from the American Enterprise Institute says a growing number of colleges and universities are offering, or soon will offer, credits in exchange for direct demonstrations of learning. That's a big shift from credit hours — the currency of higher education for more than a century — which require students to spend an allotted amount of time with instructors.
President Obama became the first U.S. head of state to attend India's annual Republic Day parade, which marks the day the country adopted its constitution.
NPR's Scott Horley, who is traveling with Obama, says that the parade is "partly a showcase for the country's military might, but there are also floats honoring everything from India's female mountain climbers to its home-grown industrial development."
NPR's Julie McCarthy, who is our correspondent in India, says it "was a jaunty occasion despite the rain."
Nearly 30 million people in the Northeast are bracing for what the National Weather Service is calling a potentially historic blizzard that could bring more than 2 feet of snow today and Tuesday to parts of the region.
Blizzard warnings have been issued all the way from the New Jersey shore to coastal New England from this afternoon through late Tuesday.