August 14, 2013
It has been an exciting week for Capella! We received approval by the U.S. Department of Education for Capella to offer FlexPath as the first bachelor’s and master’s degree programs utilizing direct assessment. The FlexPath model offers the potential to significantly reduce the cost of a degree, accelerate the time required for degree completion, and better align learning with the needs of learners and employers.
The direct assessment approach no longer relies on credit hours or seat-time requirements to measure learners’ success and allows Capella to focus on learning outcomes. Faculty will remain at the heart of Capella’s FlexPath model as they provide feedback and guidance for students working to demonstrate and master competencies.
I want to congratulate the entire FlexPath team, but in particular Chief Academic Officer Deb Bushway and Senior Director of Business Market Julie Smolich for their strong leadership throughout the process.
Check out some of the media coverage below:
Inside Higher Ed: Capella gets Federal approval for competency-based degrees
Campus Technology: Capella U gets sign-off on Federal funds for competency credits
Whiteboard Advisors: Capella University receives approval for competency-based programs
Politico: Landmark approval for Capella University
Chronicle of Higher Education: Education Department approves competency-based program at Capella U.
U.S. News & World Report: Department of Education approves Capella’s competency-based program