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Last updated: 1/7/2020
Tunxis Community College
Member Institutions by Region -- ACBSP Regions: Northeastern Council - Region 1
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271 Scott Swamp Road
Connecticut
06032   [ Map ]
860 676-8906 (Fax)
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United States
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About This Member
  Associate Degree
  Public
  Yes
  R1 - Reaffirmed with Notes
  2009
  2019
  10 Years
  Ms. Tatiana Machado
  Business Adm. Program Coordinator
  Mr. David L. Lardie
  Assistant Professor - Accounting
  No
  Strengths (11)
Overview and Organizational Profile for Accreditation

The Site Team was impressed with the amount of information given to all students through a variety of communication methods. The College communicates with students via signs, emails, phone calls, campus TVs, display tables, and flyers. A Tunxis student would be hard pressed to suggest they were unaware of any event or scheduled activity that would impact them.
Categories: Approach, Results
Verified: This Strength was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Summary of Standard 1 - Leadership

The current Interim Dean of Academic Affairs is a former faculty member and Program Chair. She is well regarded by faculty, staff, and administrators. In interviews with members of the faculty and college community, this Interim Dean was praised for her willingness to explore all opportunities for their viability, thinking outside the box and with a true "open door" availability to all members of the college community.
Categories: Improvements
Verified: This Strength was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 2.1 Strategic Planning Process

The College has a well defined Strategic Planning Process that is identified on the College website. According to the Self-Study and verified by Business Unit faculty, the process and results determine key College strategic initiatives. During the Self-Study year, the Business Unit used the campus-wide commitment to ability-based learning and assessment to compile a "curriculum map" showing which business courses assessed each ability.
Categories: Approach, Deployment
Verified: This Strength was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 2.2 Current Strategic Plan

The Business Unit was specific in how they developed their program goals based on the goals identified in the College's strategic plan. Initiatives such as Food Pantry participation, High School articulation, CPP agreements, and ePortfolio projects are examples of the actions taken in relationship to the Strategic Plan. As an improvement to the ePortfolio project based on student feedback, the Business Unit moved from only developing ePortfolios to the development of student LinkedIn pages with embedded ePortfolios.
Categories: Approach
Verified: This Strength was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 3.2 Stakeholder Satisfaction

The Business Unit retains students through the Business Club which offers a variety of guest speakers and activities for any degree seeking student. The Club is led by a business faculty member and engages students in multiple ways to build relationships within the College.
Categories: Approach, Deployment, Results
Verified: This Strength was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 3.3 Student Support

The College excels in offering support services to students in the areas of financial aid, admissions, and tutoring. These support services were highly regarded by the business students, faculty, and staff.
Categories: Approach, Deployment, Results, Improvements
Verified: This Strength was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Summary of Standard 3 - Student, Stakeholder, and Market Focus

The Business Unit students were complementary of the business faculty and their availability to assist in areas of advising, scheduling, career placement, and internship opportunities. The business students also commended the opportunity to join the Business Club and the ability it provides to connect to local organizations.
Categories: Deployment, Results
Verified: This Strength was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 5.2 Faculty Qualifications

Tunxis has a vibrant dual enrollment program, College Career Pathways (CCP) that helps introduce the High School community to college and higher education opportunities. In support of this process, the College has credentialed and hired current secondary education instructors to teach college Business classes on-ground at area high schools.

These instructors are supported and reviewed by current Tunxis Business Unit faculty.
Categories: Approach, Deployment, Results
Verified: This Strength was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There were three categories: full-time, adjunct and CCP faculty. College Career Pathways (CCP) Instructors - Cichocki, D'Onofrio, DiStasio, Dillon, Jaques, Sanford, Schena, Soto, Wickland. The vitae for most of these was available but in separate notebooks as they are the high school dual enrollment instrutors and their documentation is kept by the CCP Coordinator. The additional faculty are adjuncts in Business Kriscenski, LaGanga, Raymond. All of these were reviewed and reclassified as per the findings of the site visit team, along with other additional comments regarding instructors who teach in a related field such as social sciences for both the Macroeconomics and Microeconomics courses.

Revised Tables 5.1 and 5.2 have been created and added to the evidence file folder - Institution Comments.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 5.4 Faculty Deployment

Business faculty serve in the role of both instructors and advisors and as such provide students with a strong alignment of course content and its impact on eventual major selection. Based on commentary received from students, the students appreciate the real world emphasis provided by their business faculty members.
Categories: Approach, Deployment, Results
Verified: This Strength was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 5.7 Faculty and Staff Professional Development and Scholarly Activities

The College provides a financially beneficial professional development plan to both full-time and part-time faculty members allowing them to enhance the depth, scope, and currency of their knowledge related to their discipline and instructional effectiveness.
Categories: Approach, Deployment, Results, Improvements
Verified: This Strength was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 5.8 Faculty Instructional Development

The Center for Teaching (CFT) mission is to provide learning opportunities and events to the full-time and part-time faculty at Tunxis which are designed to improve college-wide communication, quality of learning, and increase awareness of student needs and programming. To be responsive to the needs of the Business Unit, CFT works directly with the Department Chair or Program Coordinator to identify Business Unit training and professional development needs.

The Center for Teaching (CFT) provides campus-wide new faculty orientation, instructional skills workshops, and semester specific feedback seminars.
Categories: Approach, Deployment, Results, Improvements
Verified: This Strength was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Opportunities for Improvement (OFI) (10)
Criterion 1.2 Leadership Measures of Performance

The Business Unit might benefit from a tool that would capture data specific to the Business Unit to measure and evaluate performance measures that would lead to continuous quality improvement of strategies, processes, and procedures for active and collaborative learning, student learning, academic challenges, student-faculty interaction, and learner support.
Categories: Approach, Results, Improvements
Verified: This OFI was verified on site.
Institution Comment

Currently the College is involved with several projects to capture data to address the areas that need improvement including: continuous quality improvement of strategies, processes, and procedures for active and collaborative learning, student learning, academic challenges, student-faculty interaction, and learner support. These efforts are an Achieving the Dream Program – SOAR, completing the 10 year NECHE evaluation and completing the next cycle of strategic planning for the college and program.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 3.2 Stakeholder Satisfaction

It is unclear how the Business Unit integrates the data from the College Graduate Survey to determine needs for the program. Additionally, utilizing stakeholder feedback in program development is not evident. Creating a formal process may allow for improvements in program development and enhancement to give meaning to data collection.
Categories: Approach, Deployment, Results
Verified: This OFI was verified on site.
Institution Comment

The College Graduate Survey and process will be revised to determine best practices in deployment, data collection and integrating continual development based on feedback gathered on a consistent basis. The campus Alumni Association is becoming more active along with Business Advisory Board which will present new opportunities to implement the process through partnerships.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 4.1 Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

While a pre-test and post-test is self-identified by the Business Unit, Table 4.1 does not correlate adequate student learning outcomes to describe proper comparative data. For example, the student learning outcomes that are listed in the syllabi are not reflective of what is measured in the provided data. Results of what students are learning and how that data is implemented to improve business programs would be beneficial for the improvement process.
Categories: Approach, Deployment
Verified: This OFI was verified on site.
Institution Comment

To begin there will be a reassessment of the research tools utilized to ensure there is a correlation to the outcomes listed on the syllabi. Further development and clarification of data will be made as it correlates directly one-to-one to individual outcomes. Additional individual tables will be developed and the information will be broken down further to demonstrate the results in a clear and concise to so that it can be easily understood and the results can be displayed in a clear, meaningful way that is easily understood.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 5.1 Human Resource Planning

To improve overall Business Unit faculty satisfaction, motivation, and mission fulfillment, the Institutional Research group could increase the frequency of faculty survey performance and work with Business Unit personnel to ensure survey questions are appropriate and capture needed data requirements.
Categories: Approach, Deployment, Results, Improvements
Verified: This OFI was verified on site.
Institution Comment

Continual development and deployment of research tools and methodologies are planned to collect data and information for assessing faculty satisfaction, motivation, and mission fulfillment. The Business Unit will incorporate resources from Institutional Research and Human Resources in the process.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

The Business Unit, at present, has three full-time faculty members, which represents approximately 15-20% of available business faculty members. This is understandable in light of state budget constraints but creates an opportunity for additional hiring of full time faculty targeted at new Business Unit curriculum initiatives. An opportunity for improvement exists to consider additional full-time faculty in business.
Categories: Approach, Deployment, Results, Improvements
Verified: This OFI was verified on site.
Institution Comment

During the site visit period, an additional full-time Business Administration faculty member was hired, increasing the number of full-time business faculty to four individuals.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 5.2 Faculty Qualifications

Standard 5 Faculty Qualification tables and percentages are inaccurate due to the probable misclassification of faculty qualifications between the ACBSP categories of Masters/Doctorate qualified, Professionally qualified, and Exceptions. The Business Unit's Table 5.1 indicated there were no exceptions. However, the Site Team was not able to confirm this information due to missing transcripts and/or professional vitaes.

The Site Team suggests the Business Unit revisit the following Business Unit faculty credentials by reevaluating individual faculty transcripts and/or getting additional documentation for the individuals that the Site Team could not verify as to assigned levels of qualification due to missing or misinterpreted information. Once this reevaluation is completed, the Business Unit then would need to recalculate Tables 5.1 and 5.2.

Faculty to reevaluate include Cichocki, D'Onofrio, DiStasio, Dillon, Jaques, Kriscenski, LaGanga, Raymond, Sanford, Schena, Soto, Wickland.
Categories: Results
Verified: This OFI was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 5.3 Faculty Composition

The Business Unit will need to revisit and update faculty credentials to align with ACBSP credentialing guidelines to recalculate the faculty qualification percentages for the Self-Study period. The Business Unit will need to review and ensure future hires meet ACBSP credentialing guidelines.


Categories: Approach, Deployment, Results
Verified: This OFI was verified on site.
Institution Comment

Adjustments were made according to the ACBSP criteria and comments to Tables 5.1 and 5.2. See uploaded tables in the evidence file folder - Institution Comments.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Based on the Site Team assessment of Business Unit re-classification of identified Business Unit faculty members, Table 5 in 5.3 requires modifications for percentages reported in each category (this would include the possible addition of faculty re-classified as "exceptions" from the lack of credentialing information supporting the ACBSP qualification guidelines).

Once this reevaluation is completed, the Business Unit then would need to recalculate Tables 5.1 and 5.2.

Faculty to reevaluate include Cichocki, D'Onofrio, DiStasio, Dillon, Jaques, Kriscenski, LaGanga, Raymond, Sanford, Schena, Soto, Wickland.


Categories: Results
Verified: This OFI was verified on site.
Institution Comment

Adjustments were made according to the ACBSP criteria and comments to Tables 5.1 and 5.2. See uploaded tables in the evidence file folder - Institution Comments.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 6.10 Articulation and Transfer Relationships

In order to meet ACBSP guidelines, the Business Unit should capture data related to persistency rates and other key student performance-related indicators of transfer students from ACBSP accredited institutions or the total amount of transfer credits earned at previous ACBSP accredited member institution versus total amount of credits applied toward general education and/or business concentration requirements at receiving institution. This data will provide the Business Unit with information supporting student transfer goals.
Categories: Approach, Deployment, Results, Improvements
Verified: This OFI was verified on site.
Institution Comment

With the assistance of Institutional Research additional data related to persistency rates and other key student performance-related indicators of transfer students from ACBSP accredited institutions including but not limited to the total amount of transfer credits earned at previous ACBSP accredited member institution versus total amount of credits applied toward general education and/or business concentration requirements at receiving institution will be captured to be reviewed, measured and incorporated for institutional knowledge.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Business Program Performance Including Student Achievement and Summary of Standard 6 – Process Management

While the Business Unit has its own dedicated page within the College website and individual links suggesting Business specific data on student enrollment, completion, learning, and performance results, there is no current information attached to those links. The assumption is that the information is in process, but it is not currently available. While data relating to enrollment patterns, student retention, student academic success, and other degree satisfaction is evident to the public through the College website in the aggregate, the Business Unit would benefit by providing data specific to Business students.
Categories: Approach, Deployment, Results, Improvements
Verified: This OFI was verified on site.
Institution Comment

The link Business Program Completions Information on this page https://www.tunxis.edu/academics/business-administration-program/ has since been fixed and verified to provide the information along with the other links who were already active:

Business Program Enrollment Information

Business Program Completion Information

Business Student Learning Results

Business Unit Performance Results

An ongoing evaluation will be completed of the links on the Business page with corresponding modifications will be made to include business-specific data student enrollment, completion, learning, and performance results, as needed.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

General Observations/Site Visit Issues (3)
Criterion 1.2 Leadership Measures of Performance

Commissioner Note

While the institution has been involved with several important initiatives including Achieving the Dream, completing the 10-year NECHE evaluation and the next cycle of strategic planning, it is not clear how this process is serving to inform the development, implementation, and measurement of performance measures to guide the work of the business unit.

Summary of Standard 4 - Measurement, Analysis, and Knowledge Management

Commissioner Note

Sufficient evidence is not available to demonstrate that a process is in place for specific Student Learning Outcomes or program learning outcomes as an evaluation method. Program goals are provided, but the Business Unit does not provide a clear process in how the outcomes are assessed.

Business Program Performance Including Student Achievement and Summary of Standard 6 – Process Management

Commissioner Note

Business unit performance measures are not stated in measurable terms. Measurable outcomes lead to development of trends and the ability to determine improvements.

Recommendations (3)
Criterion 2.1 Strategic Planning Process

Commissioner Note

While the college wide strategic planning process is well defined, there is no evidence of Business Unit strategic planning. The strength identified with the college wide strategic plan should provide a solid foundation for development of a Business Unit plan.

Criterion 2.3 Finance

Commissioner Note

While college wide financial information was provided, no business unit financial information was provided, including:
The business unit budget and actual expenditures.
The business unit budget and actual expenditures as a percent of the institution's academic budget and actual expenditures.

Criterion 6.2 Professional Component

Commissioner None/OFI

By simply moving several courses in table 6, the business unit could ensure that the CSCU transfer degree meet the ACBSP Professional Component requirement.