Mainstreaming CBE at the ASU+GSV Summit

April 10, 2015


Earlier this week, I, along with Scott Kinney and several Capella leaders, attended the ASU+GSV Summit in Arizona. Each year, the summit brings together companies in the technology, education, and policy sectors to discuss the future of education. The summit focuses on innovation and is a great venue for dialogue and partnership. While there, we were able to attend several thought-provoking discussions and presentations. Key themes at this year’s summit included competency-based, direct-assessment education, as well as data driven assessments and teaching methods.

I found the keynote session titled “Redesign of American Higher Education” particularly interesting. It featured Katherine Bradley, president of CityBridge Foundation, leading a discussion with Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation; Michael Crow, Arizona State University president; and Mitch Daniels, former governor of Indiana and Perdue University president, about the current university system and what changes are needed to achieve educational outcomes that better serve students and match employer needs. Competency-based education was a central part of the discussion and Jamie even highlighted Capella for our competency-based model. You can check out a recording of the session here (the Capella mention is at 12:19).

The event reaffirmed that Capella is on the forefront of innovation and we look forward to continuing our participation in the broader discussion about improving higher education for students.

For more information on the ASU/GSV Summit – the New York Times has a great summary of the event and the Hechinger Report has a recap of Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan’s remarks.

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(PODCAST) The DNP Program & Healthcare Landscape; A Conversation with Dr. Davidson

April 6, 2015

I recently spoke with Dr. Christy Davidson DNP, RNC-OB,  the interim dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Capella University for the Education Matters Podcast. Christy worked as a labor and delivery nurse before going on to get her master’s degree and eventually her DNP. She has had a large role in helping to shape Capella’s nursing program.

Dr. Christy Davidson, interim dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Dr. Christy Davidson, interim dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences

In today’s podcast, Christy and I discuss her educational journey, the evolution of the health care industry, and Capella’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program. She also shares great advice for nurses thinking about starting a DNP program. I hope you enjoy the podcast.


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Tips for Success in a Competency-based Education Program

April 1, 2015

FlexPath graduate, Jacob Sullivan, was interviewed for an article in US News and World Report that was published today. I had the opportunity to speak with Jacob in a previous podcast about his experience with FlexPath. The article, 4 Tips to Finish an Online Competency-Based Degree, shares insight from students enrolled in various competency-based education programs. Jacob discussed the importance of time management and scheduling time to complete coursework. You can check out all of the tips here.

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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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