President Scott Kinney interviews recent FlexPath graduates

May 21, 2015

One of the best parts of my job is hearing learners’ stories and educational journeys. Capella’s mission is to extend access to high quality programs to adults who seek to maximize their personal and professional potential. Hearing from learners about the impact that their education has had on their careers and lives is inspirational and it’s why we go to work every day.

March 2015, FlexPath Graduates

March 2015, FlexPath Graduates

Recently, Capella University President Scott Kinney sat down with four FlexPath graduates, Tapitha, John, Tracy and Jacob, to learn more about them and to get their take on our competency-based, direct-assessment program. Their stories and insight about the program are compelling. In this video series, the graduates talk about why they chose FlexPath, the support they received, how that has affected their career and their advice for students considering the program. Check out the video series here.

Learn more about Tapitha, John, Tracy and Jacob on the Education Matters Podcast.

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(PODCAST) Presidential Management Fellow Mike Horgen

May 18, 2015

I have some motivation lined up for you in today’s podcast. I had the chance to speak with Capella MPA graduate (and current DPA learner) Mike Horgen. Just last year, Mike was accepted into the competitive Presidential Management Fellows Program.

Mike Horgen_Podcast

For those of you who might not be familiar, the Presidential Management Fellows program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. It was created more than three decades ago by Executive Order and is designed to develop a cadre of potential government leaders.

Mike is from Minnesota originally, and is currently working at the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C. We spoke about his experience at Capella, the process of applying for and being selected as a Presidential Management Fellow, and his time at the Treasury. Mike also shares some motivational advice for Capella learners and gives a few tips on how to achieve the next step in your career. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

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(PODCAST) Nurse Leaders: A conversation with Colonel Deedra Zabokrtsky, Chief Nursing Officer

May 14, 2015

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and speak with U.S. Air Force Colonel and Capella DNP graduate Deedra Zabokrtsky.

U. S. Air Force Colonel Deedra Zabokrtsky

U. S. Air Force Colonel Deedra Zabokrtsky

Deedra and I spoke about her career as a nurse in the Air Force, her decision to go back to school to get her DNP, and what she feels she has taken from her degree program and applied to her position as Chief Nursing Officer. We also discussed nurse leadership and how important nurse leaders are to the profession.

I’m very grateful for her service and the service of all our learners in uniform. I hope you enjoy the podcast.

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Changing the conversation from delivery methods to outcomes

May 11, 2015

Last week, WCCO News in Minneapolis aired a segment about how employers view online degree programs. Capella was mentioned as a reputable online university that is shifting the perception of online education, along with Stanford and Princeton. Check out the article here.

While it’s important to discuss the changing perception of online education in the marketplace – there is a larger conversation to have about learning outcomes and employer and student needs. An innovation that is addressing the unique needs of working adult college students and employers is direct assessment, competency-based education. This model is turning the traditional world of higher education upside down by measuring learning outcomes rather than “seat time” like the credit hour.

Direct-assessment programs, like Capella’s FlexPath, allow students to advance at their own pace, which can substantially reduce the cost and time needed to earn a degree. And by using a competency-based approach, a degree program can be designed from the ground up with the specific competencies that employers need. Competency-based direct assessment programs are beneficial to both students and employers: students can be confident that a direct-assessment program is equipping them with the skills they need to be immediately successful in the workplace; and employers who have been vocal about having jobs to fill but lack employees with the skills to be successful can be assured that graduates have mastered the skills they need.

There has been a shift in who is considered a “typical college student”. Most students today are working adults, with years – sometimes decades – of professional experience, and must juggle the competing responsibilities of family, work and school. These learners need this new competency-based direct assessment model so they are able to earn a degree that respects and acknowledges their experience and time constraints. Our country needs them to earn degrees in order for the US to remain globally competitive.

The transparency of such a learning-outcomes based academic program solves the accountability problem for consumers, institutions and employers. Rather than focusing on traditional versus online, let’s work on building our educational programs to deliver agreed-upon, standard and specialized skills needed by today’s and tomorrow’s employers.

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(PODCAST) Katie Duke’s Journey in Nursing

May 6, 2015

“I felt like there was just something bigger out there waiting for me, but I had to go get it myself.” – Katie Duke

In honor of Nurses’ Week, we have a special podcast with “NY Med” nurse, Katie Duke, RN, MSN, AGACNP-BC. Katie is a public figure and nurse advocate. She works as a critical care nurse in New York and has made various TV appearances including ABC, New York Med, and NY ER on the Oprah Winfrey Network and Discovery Health channels.

Katie Duke RN, MSN, AGACNP-BC

Katie Duke, RN, MSN, AGACNP-BC

This year, Katie partnered with Capella University to promote the nursing profession and to inspire nurses to be strong leaders and patient advocates. As a social media expert, Katie was a panelist during a recent Capella Google Hangout discussing the benefits of social media for nurses. (Dr. Christy Davidson, Capella’s nursing director recently did a guest blog post about the informative event.)

Katie and I had a conversation about her journey both as a nurse and how she came to be in the spotlight. She has an inspirational story about the choices she’s made in her career and how she got to where she is today. You can listen here.

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