Why 8 Abilities?
In the early 1970s, Alverno sought to provide students with something more than a basic understanding of the subject matter being taught. We wanted our graduates to demonstrate what
they know — to stand out — so we needed a curriculum that would stand out. It was through this desire that the 8 Abilities were born.
The abilities we weave throughout our curriculum represent the core, transferable skills that employers sought 50 years ago and continue to seek today. As those needs evolve, so do our
abilities. Alverno broke ground with our abilities-based, outcomes-focused approach to education.
In the decades since Alverno's 8 Abilities were born, countless educators from across the U.S. and around the world have come to study and adopt this model of teaching and learning. Why?
Because it works.
Other well-respected institutions like Reed University, Brown University, Sarah Lawrence University and Stanford and Yale Law Schools have since dropped standard letter grades.
Alverno was one of the first, but we won’t be the last.