Forbes Names Capella Education Company One of the 100 Best Small Companies in America

Capella Education Company, provider of online post-secondary education through its wholly owned subsidiary Capella University, has been selected by Forbes magazine as one of the "100 Best Small Companies in America."

Capella Education Company is ranked 37th among the top 100 small businesses in this year’s annual listing, and is one of six Minnesota companies to make the list.

"We’re honored to be recognized by Forbes as one of the 100 Best Small Companies in America," said Kevin Gilligan, chairman and CEO of Capella Education Company. "Our employees’ passion and commitment to high quality education is an integral part of our learners’ success and our accomplishments as an organization."

Forbes’ 100 Best Small Companies in America recognizes companies with significant sales and earnings growth. To be considered on the list, companies must have been publicly traded for at least one year, generate annual revenue between $5 million and $1 billion, and have a stock price of at least $5 per share. The rankings are based upon two evaluations: a 12-month snapshot and a historical five-year review of earnings growth, sales growth and return on equity. The full Forbes list can be found online at http://www.forbes.com/best-small-companies/list/

About Capella Education Company
Founded in 1991, Capella Education Company is a leader in online education, primarily through our wholly owned subsidiary Capella University, a regionally accredited* online university. In addition, Capella Education Company offers online education through Resource Development International Ltd. (RDI), an independent provider of United Kingdom (UK) university distance learning qualifications.

Capella University offers online graduate degree programs in business, counseling, education, health administration, homeland security, human resource management, human services, information technology, nonprofit management and leadership, nursing, psychology, public administration, public health, public safety, and social work, and bachelor’s degree programs in business, information technology, nursing, psychology, and public safety. These academic programs are designed to meet the needs of working adults, combining high quality, competency-based curricula with the convenience and flexibility of an online learning format.

Currently, Capella University offers 43 graduate and undergraduate degree programs with 140 specializations. More than 35,000 learners were enrolled as of Sept. 30, 2011. For more information about Capella Education Company, please visit http://www.capellaeducation.com . For more information about Capella University, please visit http://www.capella.edu or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).

Resource Development International Ltd. partners with a number of the top 100 universities in the UK to develop, validate and deliver UK higher education qualifications, predominantly through online courses. For more information, please visit http://www.rdi.co.uk .

Capella Education Company is also an investor in an innovative startup company called Sophia ( http://www.sophia.org ) – a social teaching and learning platform that integrates education with technology.

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