April 13, 2012
The Department of Education made an important announcement on Wednesday. Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, announced Wednesday that part-time students will now be included in federal reporting for college graduation rates. This will have a significant impact as the vast majority of Capella University’s students are working adults who are looking to advance their education and careers through part-time education. For the first time, non-traditional students will have access to increased transparency about which institutions can best get them to the finish line of their academic careers.
Earlier this year, Capella participated in the Dept. of Education’s summit highlighting practices in the collection and dissemination of data related to student access. We look forward to working with the Department of Education as it implements these changes as part of the Action Plan to Improve Measures of Postsecondary Success.