Capella University Receives Excellence in Assessment Award

The online university is recognized for meaningful,
cross-institutional efforts to track student learning and use results to
improve education practices

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CapellaProud–Capella University, (,
a regionally accredited
online university
which offers online
degree programs
designed to help working adults advance in their
careers, has been named an inaugural recipient of the Excellence
in Assessment award
. This award recognizes exemplary colleges and
universities that successfully integrate assessment practices across
campus, provide evidence of student learning outcomes to stakeholders,
and utilize assessment results to guide institutional decision-making
and improve student performance.

“Capella is an advanced institution in terms of assessment. A number of
outstanding practices are in play, particularly in the areas of
alignment and transparency, for example, the map showing alignment
between institutional level, program level, and course level
assessment,” stated the Excellence in Assessment (EIA) reviewers.

Capella is one of 10 institutions nationwide to receive this award based
on a rigorous assessment from a review panel
of independent experts
. Their evaluation focused on the six
components of the National Institute for Learning Outcome Assessment’s
Transparency Framework. For each of these components, multiple
dimensions of exemplary practice were defined, and a rubric was used to
promote consistent scoring across all institutions.

“Across the changing landscape of higher education, assessment practices
increasingly define the quality of an institution’s credentials,” said
Dr. Dick Senese, interim university president and chief academic officer
for Capella University. “We are proud our competency-based, authentic
assessments can help adult learners transfer their academic success into
career success. This prestigious award recognizes our faculty and
staff’s continuous use of assessment results to improve our offerings.”

Established last year, Excellence in Assessment (EIA) is a joint program
of the American
Association of State Colleges and Universities
and the Association
of Public and Land-Grant Universities
, working in conjunction with
the Association
of American Colleges and Universities
and the National
Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

About Capella University
University (
is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1993, the
university is dedicated to providing flexible, professionally aligned
online degree programs designed to help working adults advance in their
careers. As of June 30, 2016, more than 38,000 students were enrolled in
Capella’s bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs.
Known for its commitment to learner success, academic quality and
innovations in online education, Capella pioneered competency-based
direct assessment programs allowing students to learn at their own pace.
Capella University is a wholly owned subsidiary of Capella Education
Company (NASDAQ: CPLA). For more information, call 1.888.CAPELLA


Capella University
Alicia Amling, 612-977-4836