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Awards & Recognition

Independent recognition of Capella University's excellence

Respected organizations throughout the world have recognized Capella's commitment to quality education with accreditations, state approvals, certifications, awards, and recognitions and designations.

Accreditations

Higher
Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), www.ncahlc.org.

Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552), www.capella.edu.

AQIP

Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) of the North Central Association's Higher Learning Commission

In 2000, Capella became the first online institution to become a charter participant of AQIP, a program of the North Central Association's Higher Learning Commission in which institutions commit to a program of continuous quality improvement. Capella's accreditation was reaffirmed in 2008; its next scheduled accreditation reaffirmation process will be during the 2014–2015 academic year.

CCNE

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is a nationally recognized accreditation agency approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Accreditation by CCNE serves as a statement of good educational practice in the field of nursing. The following Capella programs are accredited by the CCNE*:

*The BSN, MSN and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530 Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791, http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.

NCATE

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Capella offers 14 advanced academic offerings that prepare individuals to serve in a variety of roles within the P–12 education environment. These programs make up Capella's Professional Education Unit, which has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE-accredited programs are known for their standards and rigor, which is why graduates of these programs are highly regarded by many school districts, licensing authorities, and teaching professionals.

The Professional Education Unit at Capella University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; phone (202) 466-7496. This accreditation covers advanced educator preparation programs. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.

CACREP

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

Capella has earned CACREP accreditation for three master's programs in counseling: Mental Health Counseling; Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy; and School Counseling.

COAMFTE

Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)

The MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy program at Capella University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; 703.838.9808.

Learn More About Our Marriage & Family Counseling Program

Learn More About COAMFTE

Learn more about accreditation from your Enrollment Counselor.

PMI

Project Management Institute (PMI®) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (PMI-GAC)

The following specializations have been accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (PMI-GAC):

  • BS in Information Technology, Project Management
  • BS in Business, Project Management
  • MS in Information Systems and Technology Management
  • MBA, Project Management

The GAC and PMI logos are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc. For the full list of PMI's legal marks, please contact the PMI Legal department.

ABET

ABET accreditation for BS in IT

Capella's BS in IT program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. ABET accreditation is a key indicator of Capella's dedication to educational quality that prepares our alumni for entry or advancement in the IT industry.

Read the news release announcing our ABET accreditation.

Learn why ABET accreditation is important.PDF

State Approvals

Arizona Department of Education

Arizona Department of Education

The following programs and/or specializations leading to endorsement for licensure have been approved by the
Arizona Department of Education:

  • PhD in Education, Leadership in Educational Administration (Principal and Superintendent endorsement)
  • MS in Education, Leadership in Educational Administration (Principal endorsement)
  • PsyD in School Psychology
  • MS in Psychology, School Psychology
  • Specialist Certificate in School Psychology
  • MS in School Counseling
MN State Seal

Minnesota Board of School Administrators

The following programs leading to endorsement for licensure have been approved by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators:

  • Director of Special Education licensure eligible in PhD in Education, Special Education Leadership specialization
  • K–12 Principal and Superintendent licensure eligible in PhD and EdS in Education, Leadership in Educational Administration specialization
MN State Seal

Minnesota Board of Teaching

The following programs have been approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching for post-baccalaureate licensure endorsement:

  • School Counselors K-12: eligible in MS in School Counseling
  • Teachers of Reading: eligible in MS in Education, Reading and Literacy specialization
  • Teachers of Early Childhood Education: eligible in MS in Education, Early Childhood Education specialization

Certifications

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

  • PSY7701 Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (5 quarter credits)
  • PSY7702 Techniques in Applied Behavior Analysis* (5 quarter credits)
  • PSY7703 Applied Behavior Analysis Research and Application* (5 quarter credits)
  • PSY7704 Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment of Autism* (5 quarter credits)
  • PSY7705 Ethics for Applied Behavior Analysis* (5 quarter credits)
  • PSY7706 Issues in Assessment, Intervention Support, and Related Systems* (5 quarter credits)

Master of Science Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

CNSS

Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS)

The National Security Administration's Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Review Committee has validated that Capella's information security curriculum meets the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Standards 4011, 4013, and 4014.

ROI

ROI Institute™:

Capella is the only university to offer a master's degree specialization and PhD degree specialization that include ROI certification in the Phillips' ROI Methodology:

  • PhD in Education, Training and Performance Improvement specialization
  • MS in Education, Training and Performance Improvement specialization

Awards

ISPI Award

ISPI Chapters of Excellence Award, 2010
International Society of Performance Improvement

The International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI) awarded Capella University's Virtual ISPI chapter with its Chapters of Excellence award in recognition of its efforts in chapter operations, programming, membership, and advancement of the field of human performance technology.

ISPI Award

ISPI Chapter Communication and Education Award, 2010
International Society of Performance Improvement

ISPI awarded Capella's Virtual ISPI chapter with its Chapter Communication and Education award. It recognizes a resource the chapter developed to link alumni with learners in a similar field of work to share project and site ideas to complete a core course requirement.

CHEA Award

CHEA Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes, 2010
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation

Capella University is the first online university to receive the CHEA award which was given based on four award criteria: articulation and evidence of outcomes; success with regard to outcomes; information to the public about outcomes; and use of outcomes for educational improvement.

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Best in Class, Interactive Media Awards, 2009
Interactive Council, Inc.

The Interactive Council, Inc, a non-profit organization of leading web designers, developers, programmers, advertisers and other web-related professionals, awarded "Best in Class" Interactive Media Awards to two Capella web sites. The Inside Capella site and the Learning and Career Outcomes site won two of the three Best in Class Interactive Media Awards for the "University" category in 2009.

WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award

WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award, 2009
Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications

Capella University was honored with this award in a competition recognizing innovative uses of educational technologies in higher education.

IMS

Learning Impact Award, 2009
IMS Global Learning Consortium

Capella received the highest honor from the international IMS Global Learning Consortium for outstanding use of technology in support of learning.

IMS

Best Outcomes-based Learning Solution, 2009
IMS Global Learning Consortium

In addition to the learning impact award, IMS Global Learning Consortium also named Capella University's Learning and Career Outcomes Infrastructure as the 2009 Best Outcomes-based Learning Solution.

Blackboard

Blackboard Greenhouse Exemplary Course Award, 2009, 2007

Capella was recognized for modeling best practices in learning, course design, interaction and collaboration, assessment and evaluation, meaningful technology use, and learner support.

NUTN

Shirley Davis Award for Excellence in Synchronous Distance Learning, 2008
National University Telecommunications Network (NUTN)

NUTN recognized Capella for providing synchronous distance learning (via web conferencing) of a superior nature.

Training Magazine

Best Compliance Training Program Award, 2006
Training Magazine

Training Magazine recognized Capella for implementation of a unique, effective training program at Capella.

NUTN

Distance Education Innovation Award, 2006
National University Telecommunications Network (NUTN)

Capella was recognized for development of an innovative practice that contributes to the field of distance education.

Blackboard

Exemplary Course Award, 2006
WebCT

Capella won this award for modeling best practices in learning, course design, interaction and collaboration, assessment and evaluation, meaningful technology use, and learner support.

Recognitions and Designations

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American Nurses Association
(ANA)

Capella University is a proud educational alliance partner with the American Nurses Association.

Yellow Ribbon Summit

Capella was named a Yellow Ribbon organization by the State of Minnesota at the 2010 Yellow Ribbon Summit. Capella was recognized for outstanding support of servicemembers, veterans, and their families. Learn more.

Best Practice, 2006–2007
Center for Transforming Student Services (CENTSS)

Capella's Career Center's recorded career seminars and interactive resume and curriculum vitae tools were recognized as a Best Practice by the Center for Transforming Student Services (CENTSS).

National Security Agency Department of homeland security logo

National Security Agency
Department of Homeland Security

Capella has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) for the academic years 2012–2017.

NCHL

NCHL's Health Leadership Competency Model

By integrating the NCHL's Health Leadership Competency Model, Capella's MHA and DHA programs meet the health care profession's standards for management and leadership education.

PMI

Project Management Institute (PMI®)

Capella is a Registered Education Provider of the Project Management Institute, offering more than 25 courses approved by PMI for its professional development units (PDUs)

Quality Matters

Quality Matters™

Capella's Public Safety programs — as well as other courses — are recognized by Quality Matters™ for our commitment to a long-term, systematic approach to course quality assurance.

The following courses also have been reviewed and recognized as meeting quality standards by Quality Matters™:

Bus3004
Developing a Business Perspective
Eng1000
English Composition
Bio1000
Human Biology
PS4105
White Collar and Organized Crimes Investigations
PS3200
Introduction to Emergency Management
SOC2000
Cultural Diversity
HUM1000
Introduction to the Humanities
MAT2001
Statistics for Every Day Use
PS3600
Principles of Public Safety Investigation
PS3100
Introduction to Criminal Justice
PS3400
Introduction to Homeland Security
PS4410
Introduction to Security Management
PS3700
Justice, Crime, and Ethics
PSF8638
Business Continuity for Emergency Management
PSF8376
Correlates of Crime
SPC1000
Public Speaking
LIT2001
Introduction to Literature: Short Stories
PS3800
Applied Public Safety Research Methods
PSF8602
Theories of Leadership
PSF8002
Advanced Research in Public Safety Theories, Issues and Concepts
PHI3200
Ethics in Health Care
BIO2000
Environmental health
Phi2000
Ethics
Lit2100
Women's Literature
PSF8362
Criminal Justice Policy Analysis
PSF8358
Law and Legal Foundations
PSF8106
Epistemology of Practice Knowledge
PS3300
Principles of Security Management

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

The following specializations are acknowledged by SHRM as aligning with their Human Resources Curriculum Guidebook and Templates as of February, 2008:

  • MS in Human Resource Management, General Human Resource Management
  • MBA in Human Resource Management specialization
  • BS in Business, Human Resource Management
G.I. Jobs Magazine

G.I. Jobs Magazine

Selected as a Military Friendly School for 2010. The Military Friendly Schools list is determined through research by the G.I. Jobs Military Friendly Schools team.

Top Military Friendly Colleges and Universities, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010

Capella University has been selected as a Military Advanced Education Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities Honoree by Military Advanced Education magazine for the fourth year in a row.

Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal

Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal

Named in 2009, 2008, and 2005 as one of the Best Places to Work. In a company-wide survey, our employees rated Capella highly on work environment, embracing innovation and new ideas, personal growth and development, quality of people in the organization, and daily operations.