Online school earns award based on its use of technologyThe Center for Transforming Student Services (CENTSS) recently named Capella University, an online school, the winner of its Innovation Award.

CENTSS, an organization that helps colleges use technology to improve student services, classified the online university as having the most interactive and personalized technology to help students get the most of the online college experience.

The school’s academic planning system, Generation 5, allows the school to centralized data in order to reduce the time involved in evaluating transfer credits, class substitutions and equivalencies and help students complete their online degree more quickly.

“The system’s degree planner provides our learners and their advisors with a common tool to quickly identify whether a learner is on track with the degree plan, and to easily schedule and preregister for courses that will facilitate their progress toward graduation," said Tom Goudreault, director of initiative management.

College officials say that more than 38,000 students are pursuing an online degree at the school, with 30 percent enrolled in doctoral degree programs and 48 percent enrolled in master’s degree programs.

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