Capella University's FlexPath Wins 2014 WCET Outstanding Work Award

MINNEAPOLIS--()--Capella University’s FlexPath program has been named a winner of the 2014 WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) Outstanding Work award. This award is presented to colleges, universities and organizations who are implementing exceptionally creative, technology-based solutions to contemporary challenges in higher education.

“Many aspects of FlexPath were notable to the WCET Outstanding Work award committee, including the program’s fit with the Capella University mission, its recognition of previously acquired credits, and how it changes the whole learning experience for students as well as faculty,” Mollie McGill, interim co-executive director of WCET, said. “WCET is proud to honor FlexPath as a promising new model for providing adult learners not only with a more affordable and personalized approach to college, but also helps adult learners move beyond a 'pass/fail' mentality to a lifelong learning perspective.”

The U.S. Department of Education approved Capella University’s innovative FlexPath direct-assessment programs in August 2013. This made Capella the first university to offer competency-based bachelor’s and master’s degree programs that utilize an approved direct-assessment learning model.

Capella’s FlexPath learning model offers the potential to significantly reduce the time and cost of a degree. Traditionally, degree programs are constructed around credit hours that measure the time required to complete specific courses. Under the FlexPath model, degree programs are constructed around the direct assessment of demonstrated competencies.

The WOW award will be presented to Capella University at the WCET 26th Annual Meeting in Portland, OR November 19-21, 2014. The WOW award helps WCET meet its mission of promoting innovative and effective practice by providing exemplary programs as models for the higher education community to adapt for their own students and faculty.

About Capella University
Capella University ( is a regionally accredited online university* that offers online degree programs designed to help working adults advance in their careers. As of June 30, 2014, over 70 percent of Capella students were currently enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs in business, counseling, education, health administration, human resource management, human services, information technology, nonprofit management and leadership, nursing, psychology, public administration, public health, public safety, and social work. Capella also offers bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, nursing, psychology, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 141 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 25 certificate programs, including six new direct assessment degree delivery programs. Approximately 36,000 students were enrolled as of June 30, 2014, from all 50 states and 61 other countries. Capella is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Founded in 1993, Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).

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Capella University’s FlexPath wins 2014 WCET Outstanding Work award.


Capella University
Alicia Amling, 612-977-4836