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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.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Discuss the roles that various health care providers play in the health care delivery system.
  2. Explain how social, economic, political, and professional forces shape the health care delivery system.
  3. Describe how various legal and ethical issues influence the practice of health care.
  4. Using the principles of research and inquiry, investigate health science problems, offer plausible solutions, and discuss findings.
  5. Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication skills in a health science field.

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the college and departmental levels through assignments, examinations, and other projects completed in the following courses: IHS 3101 Shaping Healthcare in the 21st Century; HSA 3110 Principles of Health Services Administration; HSA 3111 US Health Care Systems; IHS 3112 Legal and Ethical Principles of Health Care; IHS 4504 Research Methods in Health Care; HSC 4500 Epidemiology; IHS 3203 Leadership and Management in Health Services Org.; IHS 4938 Senior Seminar; and one of the following: HSA 4340 Human Resource Management in Health Services Org. or HSC 4231 Client Education in Health Care.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Employ the conventions of standard written English.
  2. Select a topic, and develop it for a specific audience and purpose, with respect for diverse perspectives.
  3. Select, organize, and relate ideas and information with coherence, clarity, and unity.
  4. Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication skills in a health science field.

Communication skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed in ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, and HUM 2510 Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts. Communication skills are also assessed in the capstone course IHS 4504 Research Methods in Health Care, IHS 3112 Legal and Ethical Principles of Healthcare, and IHS 3203 Leadership and Management in Health Services Organizations.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Select and organize information.
  2. Identify assumptions and underlying relationships.
  3. Synthesize information, and draw reasoned inferences.
  4. Formulate an appropriate problem solving strategy.
  5. Evaluate the feasibility of the strategy.
  6. Assess needs, develop priorities, and implement solutions to problems using discipline specific and interdisciplinary approaches in community health.

Critical thinking skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, and HUM 2510 Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts. Critical thinking skills are also assessed in the capstone course IHS 4504 Research Methods in Health Care, IHS 3112 Legal and Ethical Principles of Healthcare, and IHS 3203 Leadership and Management in Health Services Organizations.