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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 with B.S. in Accounting will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate their knowledge of all areas of their College of Business course of study as applied to business situations.
  2. Apply current accounting theories, methodologies, and standards to practice/professional questions.
  3. Interpret and present reliable and relevant information to financial statement users in a style and manner that facilitates decision making.
  4. Understand organizational systems and cost management techniques used to provide information in company-wide strategic decisions.
  5. Understand the ethical environment of accounting in business organizations.

Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills are assessed at the college and departmental levels using the Educational Testing Service exam and the Accounting Culminating Exam, respectively, and using projects and test questions in upper division courses in accounting, taxation, and business law.

Additionally, all LCOB students must complete the business core with the following learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical issues
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of global factors influencing business.
  3. Explain the importance of environmental responsibility.
  4. Understand main concepts & definitions in accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, marketing, & operations management.

These are assessed using papers, projects and tests in GEB 4890, TRA 3151, FIN 3403, MAR 3023 and other undergraduate business courses.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Select, organize, and report relevant and reliable information.

Communication Skills are assessed at the departmental level using the Accounting Culminating Exam and projects and test questions in upper division courses in accounting, taxation, and business law.

Additionally, all LCOB students must complete the business core with the following learning outcomes:

  1. Prepare effective written reports.
  2. Deliver effective oral presentations.

Communication skills are assessed by written assignments in GEB 4890 and TRA 3151 and other undergraduate business courses.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Formulate an appropriate solution to an accounting problem.

Critical Thinking Skills are assessed at the departmental level using the Accounting Culminating Exam and projects and test questions in upper division courses in accounting, taxation, and business law.

Additionally, all LCOB students must complete the business core with the following learning outcomes:

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Solve business problems using analytical tools.
  2. Integrate knowledge across business disciplines.

Critical thinking skills are assessed by papers, projects, and tests in FIN 3403, GEB 4890, TRA 3151, ECO 2023 and other undergraduate business courses.

Updated September 2012