Capella University recently graduated one of the first classes of FlexPath students, and their stories bring a new light to the model—first-hand experience with measurable results.

FlexPath is a competency-based education direct assessment model, giving adult students the option to accelerate through their learning. It’s a model ideally suited to working adults who want or need to earn a degree while juggling the rest of their lives (jobs, families, activities, you name it).

Read the recent StarTribune profile on FlexPath, “Capella aims to accelerate education.


Graduates have been busy sharing their stories—and their perspectives on direct assessment, and FlexPath in particular—with a number of publications in the past two months:


  • eCampus News, which covers a variety of topics around educational technology, profiled Scafide and Jamison as recent FlexPath graduates, recounting their experience in “New pathway in higher-ed sifts out serious professionals.” Dr. Cheryl Bann, chair of Capella’s MBA program, talked about the important relationship faculty, and all support services, play in FlexPath.


  • U.S. News & World Report included interviews with both Scafide and Kim Pearce, Capella’s academic quality analytics and accreditation director, in its article “Competency-Based Education: 4 Considerations for Online Students.” Competency-based education, and specifically direct assessment, isn’t the best fit for everyone. Program structure and cost, financial aid, learning style, and support services should be reviewed before committing to this type of degree program.



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