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.
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.
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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.
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.
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*:
- RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
- RN-to-MSN Diabetes Nursing specialization
- RN-to-MSN General Nursing
- RN-to-MSN Gerontology Nursing
- RN-to-MSN Nurse Educator
- RN-to-MSN Nursing Leadership and Administration
- MSN Nurse Educator
- MSN General Nursing
- MSN Diabetes Nursing
- MSN Nursing Leadership and Administration
- MSN Gerontology Nursing
- Doctor of Nursing Practice
*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.
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.
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.
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 accreditation for BS in IT
ABET, the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology, has accredited Capella's BS in IT program. ABET accreditation is a key indicator of Capella's dedication to educational quality that prepares our graduates for entry or advancement in the IT profession.
Read the news release announcing our ABET accreditation.
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
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
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
Capella is the only university to offer a master's degree specialization and post-master's certificate that include certification from Noel-Levitz:
- MS in Education, Enrollment Management specialization
- Post-Master's Certificate in Enrollment Management
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.
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
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 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 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.
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, 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Best Compliance Training Program Award, 2006
Training Magazine recognized Capella for implementation of a unique, effective training program at Capella.
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.
Exemplary Course Award, 2006
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
American Nurses Association
Capella University is a proud educational alliance partner with the American Nurses Association.
International Institute of Business Analysis
Capella has been named an Endorsed Education Provider by the IIBA. Six courses in Capella's MS in Information Technology program each provide 100 PDU or CDU credits toward IIBA certification.
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).
FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA)
Capella is a preferred provider of higher education for the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA).
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.
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)
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™:
- Developing a Business Perspective
- English Composition
- Human Biology
- White Collar and Organized Crimes Investigations
- Introduction to Emergency Management
- Cultural Diversity
- Introduction to the Humanities
- Statistics for Every Day Use
- Principles of Public Safety Investigation
- Introduction to Criminal Justice
- Introduction to Homeland Security
- Introduction to Security Management
- Justice, Crime, and Ethics
- Business Continuity for Emergency Management
- Correlates of Crime
- Public Speaking
- Introduction to Literature: Short Stories
- Applied Public Safety Research Methods
- Theories of Leadership
- Advanced Research in Public Safety Theories, Issues and Concepts
- Ethics in Health Care
- Environmental health
- Women's Literature
- Criminal Justice Policy Analysis
- Law and Legal Foundations
- Epistemology of Practice Knowledge
- 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
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
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.