Capella U works to turn around flagging grades

Once among the hottest startups in town, the online university today is struggling with declining enrollment and new competition. The company's chief exec tells the Star Tribune the school has a new strategy, which includes changes in how it recruits, retains and supports students.
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Once among the hottest startups in town, the online university today is struggling with declining enrollment and new competition. The company's chief exec tells the Star Tribune the school has a new strategy, which includes changes in how it recruits, retains and supports students.

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