January 24, 2011 | Adam Sorensen | Leave a comment Officials from Capella University, which is an online school, recently announced that it has been invited to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) 2011 annual conference. The conference, which is being held in Washington D.C., invites schools to discuss effective practices and progress on student learning outcomes. Capella University will represent online colleges during a roundtable examination of future plans for education. Each school that is attending the discussion also received the CHEA award for outstanding institutional practice in student learning outcomes. Capella University is the first online college to receive the distinction. “The CHEA award is a great recognition from our peers who acknowledge the importance and commitment we place on learning assessment and using evidence to improve learner success,” said Kimberely Pearce, director of academic quality analytics. "The award affirmed for us that our innovations in these areas can be considered best practices.” According to a recent Babson-Sloan report, more than 25 percent of U.S. students are enrolled in at least one online course. Moreover, most colleges and universities believe that increasing web-based classes and degrees is key to their long-term success.