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Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.

Discipline Content Knowledge and Skills:

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between primary and secondary materials and decide when to use each.
  2. Choose among multiple tools, methods, and perspectives to investigate and interpret materials from the past.
  3. Recognize the value of conflicting narratives and evidence.

Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills are assessed through papers, exams, and projects completed in 3000/4000 level courses (AFH, AMH, ASH, EUH, HIS, and LAH prefixes), and in the required courses HIS 3064 and HIS 4936.

Critical Thinking Skills:

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Seek a variety of sources that provide evidence to support an argument about the past.
  2. Develop a methodological practice of gathering, sifting, analyzing, ordering, synthesizing, and interpreting evidence.
  3. Identify and summarize other scholars' historical arguments.

Critical Thinking Skills are assessed through papers, exams, and projects completed 3000/4000 level courses (AFH, AMH, ASH, EUH, HIS, and LAH prefixes), and in the required courses HIS 3064 and HIS 4936.

Communication Skills:

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Generate a historical argument that is reasoned and based on historical evidence selected, arranged, and analyzed.
  2. Write effective narrative that describes and analyzes the past for its use in the present.

Communication Skills are assessed through papers, exams, and projects completed in 3000/4000 level courses (AFH, AMH, ASH, EUH, HIS, and LAH prefixes), and in the required courses HIS 3064 and HIS 4936.