How about we create competency-based training that can be mapped to credit hours (although credit hours were created as a faculty load measuring tool and turned into a student learning number, so I don't think we ought to be bound to these hours, but that is the world we are in; therefore, fitting a new model into the current structure - like a the children's toy with the shapes to go into the cube).
We would have to break down each course and determine the concepts learned
in each course and the contact hours required in each concept in order to map
it back. Then, we will be able to have students learn what they need to learn.
I am thinking of the retired military sergeant who is being required to take a management
intro class or even a speech course. I understand that there is theory to test,
but maybe s/he can focus his/her attention on the necessary items.
Many others can fit the made-up person above and figuring out what is in
each course down to the concept can come in handy in better serving this
student to maximize the learning experience.