Capella Gets Federal Approval for Competency-Based Degrees
- Lumina-funded group seeks to lead conversation on competency-based education
- Northern Arizona University's new competency-based degrees and transcripts
- Competency-based education gets a boost from the Education Department
- Feds give nudge to competency-based education
- Direct assessment and the feds take on competency-based education
Capella University announced that the U.S. Department of Education has granted approval to two new, competency-based degree programs. The university's "FlexPath" online bachelor's of science in business and master of business administration degrees are so-called "direct assessment" tracks, which are not based on the credit hour standard. Students in the two programs can now access federal financial aid thanks to the department's green light. Southern New Hampshire's College for America is the only other institution to receive such approval, but Northern Arizona University is also seeking it. Regional accreditors have signed off on the direct assessment degrees at all three institutions.