Colorado Technical University (CTU), a leading provider of campus-based and online higher education has received the Distance Education Innovation Award from the National University Technology Network (NUTN)- which acknowledges innovative programs that contribute to the field of education. The award highlights CTU's adaptive learning platform, intellipath TM, which provides an innovative, personalized learning plan for its Master of Business Administration (MBA) students.

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Dr. Connie Johnson accepting NUTN award on behalf of Colorado Technical University (Photo: Business  ...

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"We are proud of CTU's intellipath™ and the impact it has made for our students as they start and progress through their MBA studies," said Andrew H. Hurst, university president of CTU. "It's an honor to be recognized by NUTN, a group so dedicated to the advancement of higher education."

For CTU's MBA program, the university sought to establish a platform to address incoming students with varying knowledge levels. More specifically, CTU needed to implement an alternative to standardized exams, and a solution to increase foundational business knowledge to ensure students were better prepared for their futures. CTU saw the potential to leverage its adaptive learning platform, intellipath™, to address these educational needs.

"Using intellipath™ in our MBA program allows adult learners to focus on areas where they need to improve and allows instructors to better provide for their students," said Dr. Gail Whitaker, CTU university dean, college of business and management. "Incorporating adaptive learning into the program demonstrates CTU's continued focus and commitment to help prepare students for a successful journey in their degree program."

How Intellipath™ Works

CTU's intellipath™ technology provides an improved learning experience by tailoring students' course materials and uses student interactions to provide a personalized learning experience. This creates a tailored learning plan giving students extra support where they need it, while quickly moving over areas of existing competency. As a result, students develop and sustain learning that builds a foundation for success both in the classroom and beyond.

"Dr. Whitaker's forward thinking and innovative use of intellipath™ has been a benefit for our MBA students who may need additional information prior to starting their program of study," said Dr. Connie Johnson, CTU provost and chief academic officer. "Our current and future MBA students will continue to benefit from this use of our adaptive learning technology and are encouraged by what they learn in this prerequisite course."

CTU accepted the NUTN 2015 Distance Education Innovation Award at the NUTN Network 2015 Conference in Savannah, Georgia. The conference brought together distance and blended learning leaders and innovators, and focuses on trends and issues in the online higher education sector. The three day conference included presentations from college and university presidents, entrepreneurs, accrediting agencies and more.

CTU's Top-Tier Online MBA Program

In addition to recognition from NUTN, CTU was ranked in 2014 as a top-tier online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in the world by CEO Magazine. Striving to provide a real-world education and deliver a quality program, CTU designed its MBA program with the assistance of knowledgeable business leaders who understand business today. CTU offers twelve concentrations for the MBA, allowing students to focus their degrees on areas like accounting or entrepreneurship, to logistics or healthcare management. For more information visit:

About Colorado Technical University

Founded in 1965, Colorado Technical University (CTU) provides higher education to connect students to what matters most in reaching their professional goals. CTU offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs taught by real-world faculty members who enrich the curriculum with their industry experience and prepare students for today's challenges and the hard-hitting problems of tomorrow. CTU's personalized, online learning system allows students to control what, where, when and how they learn. Students can also learn and connect on campuses in multiple cities. With the help of faculty, industry professionals and more than 85,000 graduates, CTU students can also grow a powerful professional network to use their entire career. For more information, please visit

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About National University Technology Network

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, NUTN is a consortium of higher education institutions and provides a networking and professional development arena for the advancement of teaching and learning. Each year NUTN's global awards program recognizes significant contributions, innovation and leadership by individuals and organizations. These much sought after awards are given to those advancing applications of technology to teaching and learning in higher education. The awards were presented at the NUTN Network 2015 Conference at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto Hotel, Savannah, Ga., September 21-23, 2015.

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