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Accreditation

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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Capella University Governance

Board of Directors

The board of directors provides oversight and guidance regarding Capella University's policies and programs.

  • Marcia Ballinger, PhD (Board Chair)
  • Mable “Sandi” Aigoro, MBA
  • Carmen Coballes-Vega, PhD
  • Robert Fox, JD
  • Eric Jolly, PhD
  • Christopher King, PhD
  • Pete Ramstad, BS
  • Richard Senese, PhD
  • Kathryn Van Asselt, PhD
  • Harry Williams, PhD

State Regulatory Information

SARA logo

Capella University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and is an approved institutional participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

As an approved SARA participant, Capella complies with established standards for offering postsecondary distance education courses and programs among SARA member states, districts, and territories. SARA is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.

Capella is authorized to operate in all SARA member states (http://www.nc-sara.org/content/sara-state-status), and is registered, authorized, certified, or otherwise not subject to approval in all states not currently participating in SARA. Capella has obtained state-specific regulatory approval to operate in states that require such authorization:

Arizona Department of Education
1535 W. Jefferson St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602.542.5393
http://www.azed.gov/

The following offerings are approved by the Arizona Department of Education: PsyD in School Psychology, MS in School Counseling, PhD in Education, Leadership in Educational Administration specialization, MS in Education, Leadership in Educational Administration specialization, MS in Psychology, School Psychology specialization.

Florida Commission for Independent Education
325 W. Gaines St., Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL 32399
888.224.6684
License #2809
http://www.fldoe.org/cie

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 320
Frankfort, KY 40601-8204
502.573.1555
http://cpe.ky.gov

The School of Education specializations for P–12 teachers may not be recognized by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.

Minnesota Office of Higher Education (SARA-member state)
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108-5227
651.642.0533
http://www.ohe.state.mn.us

Capella University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

University of North Carolina Board of Governors
University of North Carolina
Office of the President
910 Raleigh Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27515
919.962.1000
http://www.northcarolina.edu/bog/index.htm

Capella University tuition guaranty bond is on file with the Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina and may be viewed by contacting the Regulatory Department at Capella University.

Capella University is authorized to conduct postsecondary activity in North Carolina for specific programs based on approval from the Board of Governors under North Carolina general statute §116‑15.

Prior to enrollment, North Carolina learners are advised to contact their local school administrative offices and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for specific advanced licensure and payment requirements in their program areas. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is located at http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/

Master’s learners in North Carolina are encouraged to use the online database NC Live, located at http://www.nclive.org/

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education

1122 Lady St., Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29201
803.737.2260
http://www.che.sc.gov

Licensure indicates only that minimum standards have been met; it is not an endorsement or guarantee of quality. Licensure is not equivalent to or synonymous with accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC)
Capella University is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in the state of Washington for DNP and MSN programs. For more information go to this website link: http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/NursingCommission/NursingPrograms.aspx

Wisconsin Educational Approval Board
201 W. Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor
PO Box 8696
Madison, WI 53708-8696
608.266. 1996
http://www.eab.state.wi.us

Student Complaint Contact Information

Capella University’s Learner Grievance Policy provides a structured process for resolving problems, complaints, or grievances relating to the execution of institutional policies or procedures. Students who have complaints that have not otherwise been resolved through contact with Academic Advising, Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, University Operations Support, or Technical Support may submit their request to LearnerSupport@capella.edu.

Capella University is an approved institutional participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Students whose complaints are not otherwise resolved through Capella’s internal grievance process, and who reside in a SARA member-state (http://www.nc-sara.org/content/sara-state-status) may appeal their complaint to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (which oversees SARA institutions in Minnesota) for review after exhausting Capella’s internal grievance process. Note: Nothing precludes the state where the student is located from also working to help resolve a student’s complaint.

Students whose complaints are not otherwise resolved through Capella’s internal grievance process, and who do not reside in a SARA state may file a complaint with the appropriate agency in the student’s state of residence.

See below for contact information for Capella's regional accreditor and all states and U.S. territories where complaints may be filed. Note: Links to external websites are not maintained by Capella University. Information may change without Capella's knowledge.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411
Phone: 800.621.7440 or 312.263.0456
Fax: 312.263.7462
info@hlcommission.org

ALABAMA
Alabama Commission on Higher Education
https://www.accs.cc/index.cfm/school-licensure/complaints/

ALASKA
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
http://acpe.alaska.gov/About_Us/Consumer_Protection

AMERICAN SAMOA
American Samoa Department of Education
http://www.doe.as/

ARIZONA
Arizona SARA Council
http://azsara.arizona.edu/complaint-process

ARKANSAS
Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board
http://www.adhe.edu/students-parents/colleges-universites/student-grievance-form

CALIFORNIA
California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education
http://www.bppe.ca.gov/enforcement/complaint.shtml

COLORADO
Colorado Department of Higher Education
http://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Complaints/default.html

CONNECTICUT
Connecticut Office of Higher Education
http://www.ctohe.org/StudentComplaints.shtml

DELAWARE
Delaware Department of Education, Higher Education Office
http://dedoe.schoolwires.net/domain/157

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Education Licensure Commission
http://osse.dc.gov/service/higher-education-licensure-commission-helc-public-complaints

FLORIDA
Florida Department of Education, Commission on Independent Education
http://www.fldoe.org/policy/cie/file-a-complaint.stml

GEORGIA
Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission
http://gnpec.org/consumer-resources/gnpec-authorized-school-complainant-form/

GUAM
Guam Department of Education
https://sites.google.com/a/gdoe.net/gdoe/

HAWAII
Hawaii Postsecondary Education Authorization Program
http://cca.hawaii.gov/hpeap/student-complaint-process/

IDAHO
Idaho State Board of Education
http://www.boardofed.idaho.gov/priv_col_univ/student_complaint.asp

ILLINOIS
Illinois Board of Higher Education
http://www.ibhe.state.il.us/consumerinfo/complaint.htm

INDIANA
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
http://www.in.gov/che/2744.htm

IOWA
Iowa Student Aid Commission
http://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/constituentrequest.asp

KANSAS
Kansas Board of Regents
http://www.kansasregents.org/resources/PDF/Academic_Affairs/3257-ComplaintForm_SARAinstitutions.pdf

KENTUCKY
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
http://cpe.ky.gov/policies/academicpolicies/faqs-students.htm

LOUISIANA
Louisiana Board of Regents
http://www.regents.la.gov/page/SARAComplaints

MAINE
Maine Department of Higher Education
http://www.maine.gov/doe/highered/sara/

MARYLAND
Maryland Higher Education Commission
https://www.mhec.state.md.us/HigherEd/acadAff/SARA/

MASSACHUSETTS
Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
http://www.mass.edu/forstudents/complaints/complaintprocess.asp

MICHIGAN
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-61343_35414_60647_2739---,00.html

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=1078

MISSISSIPPI
Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation
http://www.mississippi.edu/mcca/

MISSOURI
Missouri Department of Higher Education
http://dhe.mo.gov/contactus.php

MONTANA
Montana University System, Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
http://mus.edu/MUS-Statement-of-Complaint-Process.asp

NEBRASKA
Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
https://ccpe.nebraska.gov/state-authorization-reciprocity-agreements-sara

NEVADA
Nevada System of Higher Education
http://www.nevada.edu/ir/Page.php?p=SARA

NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire Department of Higher Education, Higher Education Commission
http://education.nh.gov/highered/compliance-allegation.htm

NEW JERSEY
New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education
http://www.state.nj.us/highereducation/OSHEComplaintInstructions.shtml

NEW MEXICO
New Mexico Higher Education Department
http://www.hed.state.nm.us/programs/private.aspx

NEW YORK
New York State Education Department, Office of College and University Evaluation
http://www.highered.nysed.gov/ocue/spr/COMPLAINTFORMINFO.html

NORTH CAROLINA
The University of North Carolina Board of Governors
http://www.northcarolina.edu/complaints

NORTH DAKOTA
North Dakota University System
https://www.ndus.edu/system/state-authorization/

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS
Commissioner of Education
http://www.cnmipss.org/

OHIO
Ohio Department of Higher Education
https://www.ohiohighered.org/students/complaints

OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
http://www.okhighered.org/current-college-students/complaints.shtml

OREGON
Higher Education Coordinating Commission
https://www.oregon.gov/HigherEd/Pages/complaints.aspx

PENNSYLVANIA
Pennsylvania Department of Education
http://www.education.pa.gov/Migration/Documents/Higher%20Education%20Complaint%20Form_Rev.%20May%202013.pdf

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education
http://www.ce.pr.gov/

RHODE ISLAND
Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner
http://www.riopc.edu/static/photos/2016/03/10/StudentComplaint_full_120215.pdf

SOUTH CAROLINA
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
http://www.che.sc.gov/Portals/0/CHE_Docs/academicaffairs/license/Complaint_Procedures_and_Form.pdf

SOUTH DAKOTA
SD Board of Regents
https://www.sdbor.edu/administrative-offices/academics/SD-SARA/Pages/default.aspx

TENNESSEE
Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Division of Postsecondary School Authorization
https://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/thec/attachments/ComplaintForm.pdf

TEXAS
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/index.cfm?ObjectID=4494F260-E342-2613-4D0A7428287BF99A

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education
http://www.vide.vi/

UTAH
Utah Division of Consumer Protection
http://consumerprotection.utah.gov/complaints/index.html

VERMONT
Vermont Agency of Education
http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/pgm_sped/policy/dispute_resolution.html

VIRGINIA
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
http://www.schev.edu/students/studentcomplaint.asp

WASHINGTON
Washington Student Achievement Council
http://www.wsac.wa.gov/student-complaints

WEST VIRGINIA
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
http://www.wvhepc.edu/inside-the-commission/special-initiatives/state-authorization-reciprocity-agreement-sara/

WISCONSIN
Wisconsin Educational Approval Board
http://eab.state.wi.us/resources/complaint.asp

WYOMING
Wyoming Community College Commission
https://communitycolleges.wy.edu/sara.aspx

Rights to Change Requirements

Neither the Capella University catalog, nor any of the information and requirements contained therein constitute a contract or create any contractual commitments between Capella University and any student, any prospective student, or any third party. The information and program requirements contained in this Capella University catalog are regularly updated and are subject to change without notice. All updates to the catalog will be posted on Capella's Web site.

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Annual Security Report

Federal regulations require Capella to provide all current and prospective learners and employees the 2015 Annual Security Report PDF which contains crime statistics for the previous three calendar years as well as various policies, procedures, and program disclosures related to safety and security.  A printed copy of this report is available upon request by contacting safetyandsecurity@capella.edu

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