Deborah Bushway is Capella University’s chief academic officer and Vice President of Academic Innovation. Deb led the strategic development and implementation for Capella’s FlexPath program, a competency based, direct assessment delivery model. Capella received approval from the U.S. Department of Education in 2013 to offer its FlexPath direct assessment programs, making it the first university to offer competency-based bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Her work focuses on developing innovation solutions that bridge functional barriers to achieve societal, organizational and student goals. Deb is also a practicing psychologist and consultant in support of both individual and organizational change. Deb earned her Ph.D in psychology from Iowa State University.