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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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


Tracy celebrates on stage


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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