Capella University Review

Steven Shank, founder of Capella University and former CEO of Tonka Corporation, had a vision that adults deserved high-quality education without the constraints of time and locality. Today, Capella University offers more than 1,450 online courses and 48 undergraduate and graduate degrees. The University Mission is to “extend access to high quality bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs for adults who seek to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

Why Choose Capella University?

The mission of Capella University is realized through their innovative use of educational technology to achieve measurable success. The university publishes reports in learning outcomes and career outcomes to track the success of its current students and alumni. The result is a transparent accountability system that is available for current and prospective students that shows what success looks like in a particular field.

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Higher Learning Commission is an independent corporation, which accredits, and thereby grants membership in the Commission and Association, degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.

Over the years, Capella University has received numerous awards and honors for their unique and effective online degree program. Recognition includes the Distance Education Innovation Award (2006) and Shirley Davis Award for Excellence in Synchronous Distance Learning (2008) from the National University Telecommunications Network, the Best Outcomes-based Learning Solution Award (2009) from IMS Global Learning Consortium, and Best in Class, Interactive Media Awards (2009) from the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications. In more recent years, Capella has won the CHEA Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes (2010) from The Council for Higher Education Accreditation, a national advocate and institutional voice of self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation. Capella University is the first online university to receive the CHEA award which was given based on four award criteria: articulation and evidence of outcomes; success with regard to outcomes, information to the public about outcomes; and use of outcomes for educational improvement.

Master’s in Criminal Justice Program

Through Capella’s School of Public Service Leadership, students can earn a Master of Science degree in Public Safety with a Criminal Justice Specialization. The program is 48 quarter credits. Quarters are ten weeks long with 2-3 week breaks between quarters. Course topics include human behavior, the corrections and judicial systems, social change and public policy, and ethnic and cultural awareness. The specialization is designed for caseworkers, probation and parole officers, juvenile specialists, law enforcement agents, and others who want to advance their careers and play a stronger role in facilitating positive change in the criminal justice system.

All degree programs encourage interactive learning with weekly online discussion forums and written feedback from professors. Capella University accepts new students on a monthly basis and offer free trial online courses to prospective students.

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