In August 2013, the U.S. Department of Education approved the innovative FlexPath
direct assessment programs for Capella
a regionally accredited
online university* that offers online
degree programs designed to help working adults advance in their
careers. This made Capella the first university to offer
competency-based bachelor's and master's degree programs that utilize an
approved direct-assessment learning model as opposed to the traditional
credit-hour standard. Approval from the Department of Education allows
students enrolled in these programs to receive federal financial aid.
The two Capella programs approved to operate under the FlexPath model
are the Bachelor
of Science in Business and the Master
of Business Administration (MBA).
Expanding on Capella's FlexPath
offerings through its Bachelor of Science in Business and Master of
Business Administration online degree programs, Capella is now offering
three additional business specializations within those degrees:
"Programs like FlexPath, that measure the learning acquired instead of
the time spent, represent an enormous opportunity for higher education,"
said Scott Kinney, president of Capella University. "Students are able
to move through their degree program at a pace determined by their
ability to learn and demonstrate competencies in real-world
applications, rather than a pre-determined and uniform time designation.
This has the potential to significantly reduce the cost of a college
degree while maintaining the quality and integrity of the academic
The FlexPath model provides a revolutionary step into more innovative
approaches to higher education. It allows Capella to focus on learning
outcomes rather than time spent learning. In an era of free and open
content, this is an important innovation that will help drive down costs
for students while still making Capella University instruction available
for those who will benefit from a more traditional approach. Faculty
remain at the heart of this model as they design the curriculum and
assessments, as well as provide instruction through feedback and
guidance for students working to demonstrate and master competencies.
The true success of this innovative model depends on rigorously
articulated and well-developed competencies. Capella has an extensive
record of developing and offering curricula that are competency-based.
As of Dec. 31, 2013, approximately 35,000 students were enrolled at
Capella. A snapshot of Capella and what makes it unique is
available through the university's infographic.
The learning and career outcomes of Capella's students and alumni can be
found at www.capellaresults.org.
For expense, completion and outcome information, visit the following web
About Capella UniversityCapella
is a regionally accredited online university* that offers online degree
programs designed to help working adults advance in their careers. Over
70 percent of Capella students are currently enrolled in master's or
doctoral degree programs in business, counseling, education, health
administration, homeland security, human resource management, human
services, information technology, nonprofit management and leadership,
nursing, psychology, public administration, public health, public
safety, and social work. Capella also offers bachelor's degree programs
in business, information technology, nursing, psychology, and public
safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 143 graduate and
undergraduate specializations and 21 certificate programs, including two
direct assessment degree delivery programs. Approximately 35,000
learners were enrolled as of Dec. 31, 2013, from all 50 states and 61
other countries. Capella is committed to providing high-caliber academic
excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Founded in 1993,
Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education
Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please
or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).
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page at http://www.facebook.com/CapellaUniversity.
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*Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and
is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor,
Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552), www.capella.edu.
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