New pathway in higher-ed sifts out serious professionals

Capella University’s competency-based FlexPath program just announced one of their first graduating class–and they may just be the best of the best.

capella-flexpath-learnersYou could almost call the program a trial for those who say they want to be serious professionals: know which skills you need to improve; improve those skills; self-motivate; rely on little additional explanation; reach your goals.

Capella University–an accredited online institution founded in 1993–has gained the reputation of being among the foremost innovators driving competency-based education (CBE) in the higher-ed landscape, thanks to its FlexPath program.

Developed in 2012 and approved by the Department of Education in August 2013, FlexPath became the first program in the U.S. to offer competency-based bachelor’s and master’s degree programs that use an approved direct-assessment learning model.

In January 2015, FlexPath enrolled its 1,000th learner. The program also just graduated its first students. And according to them, FlexPath changed their lives…but effortless it was not.

(Next page: Faculty and students weigh in on the FlexPath experience)