Affordability, Accessibility and Flexibility

March 13, 2015

Today, Politico featured three of Capella’s FlexPath graduates in a piece on competency-based education direct assessment programs.

The piece, titled “Affordability, Accessibility and Flexibility”, highlighted graduates Tapitha Jamison, John Scafide and Tracy Dudley and their stories of how the FlexPath program helped them earn their degree despite life challenges.

Tapitha and John

John and Tapitha show off their diplomas

Dudley

Tracy celebrates on stage

Scafide

John receives his diploma from President Kinney

I had the opportunity to sit down with John, Tracy and Tapitha while they were in town for our commencement ceremony last weekend in D.C. All three earned their Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and walked during the ceremony. They were an impressive group.

You can find the Politico story here.

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Washington D.C. #CapellaGrad

March 12, 2015

Today’s guest post is from Rachel Nauen, a member of our communications team here at Capella.

I was lucky to be able to attend our 28th commencement ceremony in D.C. last weekend. It was so inspiring to talk to graduates and hear their stories of perseverance and dedication to accomplishing their educational goals. I also loved talking to the families of the graduates – one theme I kept hearing over and over was that our grads couldn’t have achieved this milestone without the support of their families.

degree FP grads SM team WIT SK

The excitement in the air Saturday morning was exhilarating – there were over 1200 graduates walking, which made it one of our largest commencement ceremonies ever! One thing we did differently this year was have four commencement ceremonies, broken into the different schools. We had three different, awesome, accomplished women speak at the ceremonies – Melody Barnes, Donna Brazile,  and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (also celebrating her graduation from Capella!) Each of these awe inspiring speakers did a fantastic job of connecting with the graduates on themes of commitment, integrity and persistence- they each got a standing ovation.

Our team spent the day connecting with grads in the line up room, hosting the ceremony live stream for graduates and/or family members who couldn’t attend in person during the ceremonies, and helping families take pictures and connect after the ceremony. At the end of the day, I could barely keep my eyes open – but I was also very energized by the inspiring stories I had heard.

I feel so lucky to work for Capella – a higher education institution that focuses on giving working adults the opportunity to achieve their dreams and reach their full potential. I’m already looking forward to staying in touch with the graduates I met – and for our next commencement ceremony in August in Minneapolis.

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(PODCAST) Career Services at Capella, A Conversation with Melody Kruzic

March 6, 2015

Capella University provides an array of career services for learners and alumni, including resume help, resources and tips about developing in your career, and an amazing team of career counselors. I recently spoke with Melody Kruzic, a senior career counselor at Capella.

Senior Career Counselor, Melody Kruzic

Melody has a lot of insight about where to start in a job search, resources that are available to learners, and the importance of networking. The career center resources, including career counseling, are free to Capella learners and alumni no matter where they are at in their career. I would encourage you to listen to the podcast and check out our career center in iGuide.

Transcript

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Student Tips for Competency-based Education

March 3, 2015

U.S. News and World Report published an article today about competency-based education and four factors prospective students should take into account before enrolling in a program. Both John Scafide, a recent FlexPath graduate, and Kim Pearce, Capella’s academic quality analytics and accreditation director, were interviewed for the piece.

FlexPath BS in Business Grad, John S

John Scafide (featured previously on the podcast) had positive things to report about his experience with competency-based education and valuable advice for prospective students, saying, “If you have that mentality, that you want to learn, you will learn and you will learn a lot.”

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Kim Pearce discussed the importance of support services for students enrolled in a competency-based program. “They need to know if there are academic advisers or tutors – they should expect a high level of service even though they get to maintain the pace of their progress.”

Check out the article here.

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Countdown to commencement in D.C.

March 2, 2015

Next weekend we will be hosting our 28th commencement in Washington, D.C. at the Washington, D.C. Hilton hotel. Like I’ve said in previous blog posts about commencement – speaking with graduates and hearing their stories is one of the best parts of my job.

I’m also really excited about the speakers at each of our ceremonies. This year, we will be having four ceremonies. Speaking at the first two ceremonies is Melody Barnes, CEO of Melody Barnes Solutions LLC, a domestic strategy firm, and Vice Provost for Global Student Leadership Initiatives and Senior Fellow at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. Speaking at the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Science ceremony will be veteran political strategist Donna Brazile, an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist and television political commentator.

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, who represents Illinois’ 8th Congressional District, will be speaking at the School of Public Service Leadership & School of Nursing and Health Science ceremony Saturday evening. Congresswoman Duckworth will also be celebrating her own graduation from Capella – she is graduating with her PhD in Human Services!

This will be one of Capella’s largest commencement ceremonies, with more than 1200 graduates planning to attend. They are part of a graduating class of almost 4000 students; including the United States, 6 countries will be represented, and 44 states and 6 territories/military addresses will make up the U.S. attendance.

School of Education Commencement Ceremony & School of Business and Technology Commencement Ceremony

9:00 am EST / noon EST

Melody Barnes

Melody Barnes

Addressing the School of Education and School of Business and Technology graduates will be Melody C. Barnes, CEO of Melody Barnes Solutions LLC, a domestic strategy firm, and Vice Provost for Global Student Leadership Initiatives and Senior Fellow at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. Ms. Barnes also serves as a Senior Director at the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm; Chair of the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions; and on the Board of Directors of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Year Up, and Ventas, Inc. From January 2009 until January 2012, she was Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Science

2:30 pm EST

DonnaBrazile

Donna Brazile

Addressing the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Science graduates will be veteran political strategist Donna Brazile, an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist and television political commentator. Brazile’s passion is encouraging young people to vote, to work within the system to strengthen it, and to run for public office. Since 2000, Brazile has lectured at over 125 colleges and universities across the country on such topics as “Inspiring Civility in American Politics,” Race Relations in the Age of Obama, Why Diversity Matters, Women in American Politics: Are We There Yet.”

School of Public Service Leadership & School of Nursing and Health Science

5:00 pm EST

Duckworth

Congresswoman Duckworth

Addressing the School of Public Service Leadership & School of Nursing and Health Science graduates will be Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, who represents Illinois’ 8th Congressional District. In her first term, Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, was appointed to the Armed Services Committee, Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Select Committee on Benghazi. She introduced various pieces of legislation, including bills that assist veterans in their transition to the private sector, cut waste and fraud at the Pentagon and throughout government, extend maternity leave for women serving in the military, reduce fines for federal paperwork infractions made by small businesses and eliminate abuses in the veterans benefit system. Duckworth continues to be a strong voice for her neighbors in Congress, advocating for the practical solutions and cooperation that is needed to move our country forward.

Capella holds commencement ceremonies twice each year: in Minneapolis each August, and in another major U.S. city each February or March.

Capella will provide live and archived webcasts of the ceremony (www.capella.edu/watchcommencement) for graduates, family and friends who are unable to attend in person. Join the celebration using the hashtag #CapellaGrad. 

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