October 29, 2013
Earlier this year, President Obama issued a call to improve college affordability and encouraged more colleges to innovate with cutting-edge practices. The need to provide high value and increase college affordability continues. With that, I am excited to share that Capella is featured today in an online piece about competency-based learning in the Ed Life section of the New York Times. (http://nyti.ms/1gXZwpa) We expect the piece to run in their print edition on Sunday, November 3. The piece focuses broadly on competency-based learning and direct assessment – specifically mentioning Capella’s FlexPath learning model.
Our innovative model can lower the cost and time needed to complete a degree. The article features Capella under a list of competency-based programs and highlights an impressive graphic of our competency map. The piece closes with strong quotes from Capella’s Vice President of Academic Innovation, Deborah Bushway.
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.
I encourage you to check it out and share your thoughts with me.