October 7, 2013
The need for innovation in higher education has never been greater, and I’m pleased to share that the media continues to focus on direct assessment, specifically Capella’s FlexPath program, as an innovation that can lower the cost and the time needed to complete a degree.
The Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis published a front page story on FlexPath / direct assessment on Oct. 6. I encourage you to check it out and let me know what you think.
Capella recently received approval by the U.S. Department of Education 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 instead. It is important to note that our 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.