Business Dean at Bizwomen Mentoring Monday

March 31, 2015

Barbara Butts Williams, Ph.D., Capella’s dean of business, recently participated in Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal Bizwomen Mentoring Monday this week. The event drew over 200 women for “speed coaching” sessions from 40 high-profile businesswomen in the Twin Cities. Barbara served as a mentor where she offered advice and tips to other women in business. She was featured in a video on their website; you can check it out here.

Dean Barbara Butts Williams, Ph.D., coaching at Bizwomen Mentoring Monday .

Dean Barbara Butts Williams, Ph.D., coaching at Bizwomen Mentoring Monday.

Barbara will also serve as the keynote speaker for the Women in Business Awards Luncheon held on May 28.

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Scott Kinney writes about direct assessment for the Training Magazine

March 26, 2015

Scott Kinney, Capella University president, recently wrote a piece on direct assessment programs for the Training Magazine, a professional development magazine that advocates training and workforce development as a business tool.

Through Rodney Showmar’s story, Scott outlines the problem many working adult learners have – they want to achieve their educational goals, but they can’t find a program that will fit into their schedule. Scott talks about direct assessment programs and the potential they have to transform degrees by lowering costs, increasing value, better aligning to workforce needs, and providing the ultimate flexibility for working adults. 

Check out the full article here.

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Dean Barbara Butts Williams, Ph.D., featured in TC Daily Planet

March 23, 2015

Dean Barbara Butts Williams, Ph.D.

Dean Barbara Butts Williams, Ph.D.

School of Business Dean Barbara Butts Williams, Ph.D., was featured in an article on TC Daily Planet today highlighting her participation in a panel discussion at the United Negro College Fund’s State of Minnesota Leaders’ Luncheon on Education.

The panel discussed making college accessible, affordable, and attainable for African-American and low-income students. Barbara spoke of Capella’s commitment to affordable and accessible education for working adults and traditionally underserved demographics. Specifically, Barbara discussed the challenges adult learners face, Capella’s leadership in competency-based education, the FlexPath program, and how motivated students are completing their degrees in less time and more affordably.

You can read the article here.

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FlexPath Grads in eCampus News Article

March 20, 2015

Capella’s FlexPath graduates were featured today in a great piece by eCampus News, “New pathway in higher-ed sifts out serious professionals“.

FlexPath alumni, Tapitha and John at commencement.

FlexPath alumni, Tapitha and John at commencement.

Recent graduates, John Scafide and Tapitha Jamison were interviewed for the piece, as well as MBA faculty chair, Dr. Cheryl Bann and Director of Academic Quality Analytics and Accreditation, Kim Pearce. (If you’d like to hear more about the FlexPath experience, please listen to my conversations with John, Tapitha, and Dr. Bann on the podcast.) The article focused on the rigor and independent nature of FlexPath as well as the student’s outcomes and experiences with the program.

Check out the article here.

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(PODCAST) Brian Barton: Insights on the Creation of FlexPath

March 16, 2015

Now that commencement is over, we are back with another podcast. I spoke recently with Brian Barton, business faculty chair for Capella’s School of Business and Technology. Brian was one of the faculty members who helped create Capella’s competency-based, direct-assessment program, FlexPath.


Business Faculty Chair, Brian Barton

In today’s podcast, we discuss Brian’s career journey to Capella and the creation of FlexPath. Brian shares his view of the program and how the role of faculty takes on a different, but still very central role. We talk about the kind of student who would benefit from FlexPath, and finally, how Capella provided an environment to innovate and execute the program. You can listen to the podcast here.


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