Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Education Speak with Mike Buttry of Capella University

By Will Deyamport, III, Ed.D. Candidate

Capella University is an accredited online university (accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)) that has built its reputation by providing quality education for working adults. Nearly eighty percent of Capella students are currently enrolled in master’s, specialist, or doctoral degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services, nursing, psychology, public administration, public health, and public safety. Capella also offers bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, public administration, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 135 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 17 certificate programs. More than 38,000 learners were enrolled as of June 30, 2011, from all 50 states and 59 other countries.

The mission of Capella University 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. This mission is fulfilled through innovative programs that are responsive to the needs of adult learners and involve active, engaging, challenging, and relevant learning experiences offered in a variety of delivery modes. Capella is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Founded in 1993, Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis (Facebook, 2011).

Mike Buttry joined Capella Education Company in July, 2010 as Vice President for Corporate Communications. He was drawn to Capella by the organization’s shared sense of mission to transform learning and maximize human potential. Prior to coming on board at Capella, he worked on education issues as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel from Nebraska and was Managing Director of a Communications firm in Washington D.C. In addition to Capella, he's interested in Kansas City Royals baseball, fly-fishing and Bob Dylan, so feel free to ping him on any of those topics (

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