(Podcast) Faculty Chair Bill Dafnis; Technology-Driven Innovation

July 14, 2015

In today’s podcast, I have a great conversation with Dr. Bill Dafnis, faculty chair for the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program.

Dr. Bill Dafnis

Dr. Bill Dafnis

Bill worked for 20 years at the Chicago Tribune in various leadership positions before moving into higher education. He holds an MBA, an MSIT with an Information Security and Assurance Specialization and a  PhD in Information Systems. Bill and I talk about the parallels between the newspaper and education industries and the disruption in both those landscapes. We discuss technology as a driving factor for innovation and how it has changed the market. Bill gives his advice for learners thinking about going back to school and discusses what makes Capella’s IT programs unique.

Recently, Capella introduced an exciting addition to the BS in IT program where students have the opportunity to earn industry certifications while earning their bachelor’s degree. It’s an exciting time to be in the IT space and I hope you enjoy the conversation.

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(PODCAST) Get to Know Capella President Scott Kinney

July 8, 2015

We have a special Education Matters podcast today. I was able to sit down with Capella University President Scott Kinney. Scott and I went in a bit of a different direction with our conversation today. Scott has a really interesting background and story, and because he is a leader not only within the university, but to our learners and within the higher education realm, I thought this would be a great opportunity to get to know him better.

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In our conversation, we cover a lot of ground. Scott talks about his upbringing in rural Minnesota, his education (did you know he has a BA in Geology?), his time living and working abroad in Australia and his transition to Capella. We also spend some time discussing what he’s learned from being president of Capella, what motivates him and his biggest piece of advice for Capella learners – reminding yourself why you’re doing this.

It was a great conversation! I hope you enjoy getting to know Scott a bit more and I hope to have him back on the podcast in a couple of months for another conversation. Thanks for your time, Scott.

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(PODCAST) Shelli’s story on serving at-risk youth in Idaho

July 6, 2015

For today’s podcast, I sat down with Shelli Roberson, Capella MS in Education Administration and Leadership student and one of our .C Scholarship winners. I’m very proud to have Shelli as part of the Capella community – she is doing very important work serving at-risk students in Idaho.

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Shelli got her bachelor’s degree in both social work and education, but after working in social work for a while, decided she wanted to be an educator. She felt she could have even more impact on the lives of students if she was actually in the classroom working with them every day. Going through a rough upbringing herself, she knows how important it is to have strong role models and mentors while growing up and wanted to give back to at-risk youth in her home state of Idaho.

Please listen to my conversation with Shelli about her inspirational story, advice she has for balancing career and education with family and friends, and exactly how many animals she has on her ranch.

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(PODCAST) Capella Alum, Jason Herbst, Shares His Experience in IT Security

July 1, 2015

In today’s podcast, I had the opportunity to speak with Capella BS in Information Assurance and Security alum Jason Herbst.

Capella alum, Jason Herbst

Capella alum, Jason Herbst

Jason is a veteran in the information technology industry. He has a lot of experience in general IT and cyber security, and is involved with the local Twin Cities chapter of ISC2 (the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium), a body that runs certifications such as CISSP. ISC2 also works with colleges to take a look at coursework, networks with companies that are potentially hiring in the field, and does outreach about IT security.

Jason and I spoke about where he thinks cybersecurity is headed and how security is evolving for new technologies, in particular things like medical devices. He also talks about how he got started in IT and his advice for learners who are just starting out in the industry. After speaking with him, it is clear that Jason loves what he does for a living and he has a passion for life-long learning. I hope you enjoy the podcast.

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2015 Capella All-Employee Meeting Recap

June 29, 2015

We had a very successful All-Employee meeting last week at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Around 1,500 employees attended the meeting in person or via the live stream, including faculty and staff from around the country and some of our colleagues from across the pond at RDI.

Jeff Selingo

Best-selling author and award-winning columnist, Jeff Selingo, gave the keynote.

Jeff received a couple Capella t-shirts.

Barbara Butts-Williams, Executive Dean of External Relations and Partnerships and Dean Emeritus, presented Jeff with some Capella gear. 

Jeff Selingo was the event’s keynote and he discussed the changing environment in higher education and the focus shift in universities from “traditional” students to working-adult students. He discussed recent innovations in higher ed and predicted that the next decade would be a time of profound change for how post-secondary education is structured and delivered. This helped to put into context the environment that Capella is operating in and highlighted the importance of our focus on innovations like FlexPath.

Capella President Scott Kinney and Executive Dean of External Relations and Partnerships and Dean Emeritus, Barbara Butts Williams, Ph.D.

Capella President Scott Kinney and Executive Dean of External Relations and Partnerships and Dean Emeritus, Barbara Butts Williams, Ph.D.

Senior VP and Chief HR Officer Pete Ramstad interviewed Capella employees.

Senior VP and Chief HR Officer Pete Ramstad interviewed Capella employees.

Capella’s innovation, our focus on education that provides career advancement and life-long skills, our company culture, and mission to learner success were highlighted. We heard from a panel of alumni about how Capella has helped them grow and improve in their careers. As Capella Ph.D. graduate Dr. Daniel Kester put it, “I could help my students by what I learned at Capella. Now, I have my dream job.” External partners such as Health Partners and Valspar discussed their relationships with Capella and how Capella has stepped up to the plate and provided them with personalized education solutions for their workforce. Finally, Capella Education Company CEO Kevin Gilligan summed up what’s next for Capella, “We will be that 21st century university that will create the most direct path to outcomes”.

CEO Kevin Gilligan closed the meeting.

CEO Kevin Gilligan closed the meeting.

Looking back on the meeting, I am particularly proud of our Capella community. Employees wore Capella gear and shared photos and comments on social media about why they were proud to work at Capella. (In fact, #CapellaProud was trending in Minneapolis on Thursday.) The enthusiasm and commitment to our learners was palpable. I am #CapellaProud to work with such a dedicated and engaged group of colleagues.

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