The Importance of Accreditation Works Cited
Without a doubt, the issue of accreditation is important. As Capella itself says, "Accreditation may be important if you seek to have a public record of your learning that will be widely accepted by employers, professional associations, and other colleges and universities" (About: Accreditation). Capella's website claims that they are "accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, Member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the same agency that accredits Big Ten schools in the Midwest" (About).
Accreditation like the Big Ten?
So, the question seems to be this - are Capella's credits, certificates, and diplomas "widely accepted"? Their boast that their accreditation is "the same" as "the Big Ten" can easily be interpreted as an insinuation that their credits, certificates and/or diplomas are comparable to the Big Ten Universities.
Let's see for ourselves!
Here's a sample of what the Big Ten Universities have to say about Capella!
The admissions counselor from The University of Wisconsin wrote that I had "never heard of them before you asked about them. Though they say they are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, it doesn't appear as being the same thing as being accredited by the North Central Association of College and Universities. We will not accept credit from this institution" (U of WI).
The University of Michigan wrote that their accrediting agency "is not even in our books so you need to judge for yourself as to whether you are interested in pursuing credits with them" (U of MI).
Only one Big Ten university acknowledged that they will accept credits from Capella (It was Purdue).
One Student's Story
Read the story of one student unfortunate enough to have had experience with Cappella University--here
"About Capella University ". Capella University Web Site. Accessed on 21 February 2003. http://www.capella.edu/reborn/html/aboutcapella/index.aspx
"About Capella University: Accreditation ". Capella University Web Site. Accessed on 21 February 2003. http://www.capella.edu/reborn/html/aboutcapella/AboutUniversity/accreditation.aspx
Berger, Deborah, Admissions Counselor, University of Wisconsin. Personal Correspondence. 29 May 2003. JPG Copy.
Goodridge, Francie, Admissions Counselor, University of Michigan. Personal Correspondence. 24 April 2003. JPG Copy.