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Capella University, an Accredited Online University, Receives NUTN Award for Innovation in Distance Education.

The online university was honored with the 2010 Distance Education Innovation Award by the National University Telecommunications Network A telecommunications network is a of telecommunications links and nodes arranged so that messages may be passed from one part of the network to another over multiple links and through various nodes.  

MINNEAPOLIS -- Capella University Capella University is a private for-profit distance institution of higher learning. Capella University offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral (PhD and PsyD) degrees in business, technology, education, human services and psychology. , an accredited online university * that has built its reputation by providing high quality online degree programs for working adults, has been recognized by the National University Telecommunications Network (NUTN NUTN National University Telecommunications Network ) for excellence in distance education innovation. The winning entry, "Next Generation Learning: New Models for Course Personalization and Relationship Building," won the NUTN 2010 Distance Education Innovation Award.

The entry was a result of collaboration between the online university 's School of Education and Next Generation Learning team to design the Doctorate of Education program (EdD). In the EdD program, cohorts of learners move together through a fixed sequence of eight courses that build upon each other toward acquisition of the program outcomes, including self-assessment and assessment by external experts, before reaching their dissertation phase. The NUTN award recognizes the team for developing an innovative program that contributes to the field of distance education in the context of a new or ongoing program, student or support services support services Psychology Non-health care-related ancillary services–eg, transportation, financial aid, support groups, homemaker services, respite services, and other services , pedagogy, faculty development and support or technology.

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, who was Next Generation Learning's instructional designer for the winning entry, will accept the award at NUTN's distance learning summit September 27-29, 2010. "An innovative use of technology was at the core when designing the EdD," commented Anderson. "It's wonderful to have our team's hard work recognized at this level. It demonstrates Capella's continued commitment to be a leader of technology and innovative teaching methods in the online learning environment."

Capella University's online public speaking class was recognized by NUTN in 2008 with the Shirley Davis Award for Excellence in Teleconferencing. More than 38,000 students are pursuing an online degree at Capella University ( ), with 31 percent enrolled in doctoral degree programs, and 47 percent enrolled in master's degree programs.

About NUTN The National University Telecommunications Network (NUTN) is a membership-supported organization committed to dynamic leadership and support of applications of new and emerging technologies in distance education. As a premier distance learning professional organization, NUTN provides vision and experience to higher education institutions and professionals serving numerous constituencies and organizations. NUTN is headquartered at the Dallas County Community College District's R. Jan LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications in Dallas, Texas. For further information about NUTN, visit

About Capella University Capella University is an accredited online university* that has built its reputation by providing quality online degree programs for working adults. Nearly 80 percent of Capella students are currently enrolled in master's or doctoral online degree programs in the fields of business, counseling, education, health administration, human services, information technology, nursing, psychology, public administration, public health, public safety, and social work. Capella also offers bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, nursing, psychology, public administration, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 137 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 15 certificate programs. More than 38,000 learners were enrolled as of June 30, 2010, from all 50 states and 52 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 Wholly Owned Subsidiary

A subsidiary whose parent company owns 100% of its common stock.

In other words, the parent company owns the company outright and there are no minority owners.
 of Capella Education Company Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA) is an education services holding company which owns for-profit, online Capella University and other assets.

What is now the Capella Education Company was founded in 1991 by Stephen Shank, former CEO of Tonka Corporation.
, 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 The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) is one of six regional accreditation organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  (NCA), . Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552), .

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