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:
- Identify and demonstrate content/discipline, proficiencies and skills relevant to the operational areas of Resort and Hospitality Management.
- Choose experiential learning opportunities in the field of Resort and Hospitality Management that can develop professional judgments and leadership skills.
- Communicate effectively.
- Evaluate information and make decisions using critical thinking and problem solving skills.
- Develop an awareness of the importance of community service, ethical values, and life-long learning.
Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the college and program levels through papers, exams, case studies, projects and activities in required courses, such as:
- Students will successfully complete a senior project in the Resort & Hospitality Management Senior Seminar. Faculty evaluate content knowledge in the field of Resort and Hospitality Management, critical thinking skills, the ability to translate theory into practical applications, and communication skills.
- Students will successfully complete a minimum of 1500 division approved internship/field experience hours in the resort, hospitality, recreation, or tourism industry in which they are externally evaluated on their industry competency and skills.
- Students successfully complete class simulation exercises and other assignments that demonstrate the ability to analyze, synthesize and evaluate their real-world required work experience as contrasted with textbook theory in the following RHM core courses: HFT Introduction to Resort Development; HFT Law; HFT Accounting; HFT Budget & Finance; HFT Human Resources; HFT Marketing and HFT Resort & Recreation Planning, Programming and Design.
Graduates will be able to communicate effectively by:
- Employing the conventions of standard written English.
- Selecting a topic and develop it for a specific audience and purpose.
- Selecting, organizing, and relating ideas and information with coherence and clarity.
Communication skills are assessed through papers, projects and presentations in the Resort & Hospitality Management Senior Seminar, as well as other core major courses.
Critical Thinking Skills
Graduates will be able to:
Evaluate information and make decisions using critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Critical thinking skills are assessed by projects in core major courses, such as the Senior Seminar.
Updated July 2013