Student Learning Goals and Outcomes

2016-2017 Catalog Year

Undergraduate Student Learning Goals and Outcomes

Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to the following undergraduate student learning goals and educational outcomes, believing they provide a foundation for lifelong learning and effective citizenship. The specific outcomes involving knowledge, understanding, analysis, evaluation and collaboration provide the basis on which the university and the learner, sharing responsibility, can measure progress toward reaching these goals.

Goal 1: Aesthetic sensibility.

Know and understand the variety of aesthetic frameworks that have shaped, and continue to shape, human creative arts. Analyze and evaluate the aesthetic principles at work in literary and artistic composition, intellectual systems, and disciplinary and professional practices. Collaborate with others in projects involving aesthetic awareness, participation and/or analysis.

Goal 2: Culturally diverse perspective.

Know and understand the diversity of the local and global communities, including cultural, social, political and economic differences. Analyze, evaluate, and assess the impact of differences in ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, native language, sexual orientation and intellectual/disciplinary approaches. Participate in collaborative projects requiring productive interaction with culturally-diverse people, ideas and values.

Goal 3: Ecological perspective.

Know the issues related to economic, social and ecological sustainability. Analyze and evaluate ecological issues locally and globally. Participate in collaborative projects requiring awareness and/or analysis of ecological and environmental issues.

Goal 4: Effective communication.

Know the fundamental principles for effective and appropriate communication, including reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Organize thoughts and compose ideas for a variety of audiences, using a range of communication tools and techniques. Participate in collaborative projects requiring effective communications among team members.

Goal 5: Ethical responsibility.

Know and understand the key ethical issues related to a variety of disciplines and professions. Analyze and evaluate key ethical issues in a variety of disciplinary and professional contexts. Participate in collaborative projects requiring ethical analysis and/or decision-making.

Goal 6: Information literacy.

Identify and locate multiple sources of information using a variety of methods. Analyze and evaluate information within a variety of disciplinary and professional contexts. Participate in collaborative analysis and/or application of information resources.

Goal 7: Problem-solving abilities.

Understand the multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of knowledge. Apply critical, analytical, creative and systems thinking in order to recognize and solve problems. Work individually and collaboratively to recognize and solve problems.

Goal 8: Technological literacy.

Develop knowledge of modern technology. Process information through the use of technology. Collaborate with others using technology tools.

Goal 9: Community awareness and involvement.

Know and understand the important and complex relationships between individuals and the communities in which they live and work. Analyze, evaluate and assess human needs and practices within the context of community structures and traditions. Participate collaboratively in community service projects.