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The U.S. Department of Education Approves Four Additional Capella University FlexPath Direct Assessment Degree Programs

Expanding on its unique direct-assessment programs that offer the opportunity to substantially lower the cost and amount of time needed to earn a degree, Capella University (NASDAQ:CPLA) has announced that the U.S. Department of Education has approved four additional degree programs in its innovative FlexPath learning model.

FlexPath uses a competency-based, direct-assessment learning model rather than the traditional credit-hour standard. This allows students to work at their own pace, which offers increased flexibility and the potential to reduce the cost and time to complete a program. Capella was the first school in the country approved by the U.S. Department of Education to offer competency-based bachelor's and master's degree programs that utilize an approved direct-assessment learning model as opposed to the traditional credit-hour standard. Capella University ( is a regionally accredited online university* that offers online degree programs designed to help working adults advance in their careers.

“FlexPath is an important innovation for students who are self-directed, highly motivated, and comfortable learning independently. It allows students to control the pace at which they work, offering a significant potential to reduce the cost and time it takes to complete a degree,” said Scott Kinney, president of Capella University. “The original focus of our FlexPath offerings was our bachelor’s in business and MBA degree programs. We are now expanding FlexPath to better serve the needs of our learners in additional academic areas, including information technology and psychology. These new programs will allow us to deliver a more flexible program option to more of our working adult students, and to expand our FlexPath offerings in a thoughtful, purposeful manner.”

The following new degree progams in FlexPath have been approved by our regional accreditor, The Higher Learning Commission, and are now also approved by the U.S. Department of Education:

Capella’s existing FlexPath offerings that have received approval from The Higher Learning Commission and the U.S. Department of Education are the Bachelor of Science in Business and the Master of Business Administration.

A snapshot of Capella and what makes it unique is available through the university's infographic. The learning and career outcomes of Capella's students and alumni can be found at

For expense, completion and outcome information of the programs listed, please visit the links above.

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, more than 70 percent of Capella students were 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 142 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 (NASDAQ: CPLA), headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).

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* Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA),
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