In June 2016, leaders from Capella University were invited by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education to attend a higher education innovation meeting at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

The one-day symposium focused on how to create a national education technology plan for higher education. Nearly 100 leaders from higher education institutions, ed tech companies, and media came together to think through innovation opportunities in teaching, learning, assessment, data and research, and credentialing.


Department of Education Undersecretary Ted Mitchell kicked off the event challenging the group to make “the next 200 days [of this administration] matter” for the future of higher education. Four students from different universities joined via Google Hangout to talk about their own higher education experiences and what they think the future of education should look like. Capella alumna Coni Pasch, who graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration via the FlexPath self-paced learning format, was asked to share her perspective.




A non-traditional adult student, Pasch was taking care of her family and working full time while pursuing her degree. For her, flexibility and affordability were most important to her educational journey. “Having the opportunity to pursue my education in a self-paced format like FlexPath was critical to balancing my job and family to successfully complete my degree program,” Pasch says. Her story demonstrated to symposium attendees how innovation in online education can make college more accessible to more types of students.


Read more about Pasch’s FlexPath experience.


Capella has had the opportunity to be regularly included in national conversations on the future of higher education with the Department of Education. Additionally, Capella continues to help to shape the future of competency-based education through work with the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN).


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