(PODCAST) Get to know Dean Beth Koenig, JD.

April 29, 2015

My most recent podcast is with Beth Koenig, JD, the new School of Public Service Leadership dean.

Capella's School of Public Service Leadership Dean, Beth Koenig, JD

Beth Koenig, JD, Public Service Leadership dean

We had a great conversation about her background, what brought her to Capella, and our shared home state, Nebraska. I hope to have her back again soon for a conversation about the direction of the School of Public Service Leadership and her vision for the future. Stay tuned and first, get to know Beth a little better here.


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(PODCAST) Under the Hood; FlexPath Assessments and Curriculum Design with Dr. Jeff Grann

April 15, 2015

In today’s podcast, I speak with Dr. Jeff Grann, Academic Director of Assessment and Learning Analytics at Capella. We had a different kind of conversation about FlexPath; more of a behind-the-scenes look at how we developed Capella’s direct assessment program and how that fits in with the national conversation.


We discuss curriculum design at Capella, the unique ways that we measure outcomes, and the competency map, in particular suggestions for how learners can leverage it for employment. Jeff also talks about where he thinks competency-based education is going in the next few years. I hope you enjoy the conversation.


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Star Tribune feature: “Capella aims to accelerate education”

April 13, 2015


Capella was featured in a column in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Sunday. The article speaks to Capella’s position as an innovative leader within higher education, and explores FlexPath, which “certainly looks like the kind of innovation that could go a long way toward addressing the perennial complaints that higher ed takes far too long and costs too much.” You can read the full article here.

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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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