Traditionally, colleges and universities have focused solely on the knowledge that students should gain in higher education – the General Education Requirements. At Tunxis Community College we also focus on how students are able to apply the knowledge they have gained. We call this approach Ability Based Education (“ABE”).
Consistent with the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education Transfer Articulation Policy, the faculty identified the General Education Abilities as the abilities that students will need in order to be successful, whether they plan to pursue further education or employment after graduation.
Assessment of student achievement is necessary to ensure that students have developed these abilities and to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned. The faculty have designed a variety of student assessments for each ability. Tunxis students strive for achievement of these abilities as well as traditional grades.