Academic programs at the University of North Florida are built on a strong foundation in the traditional arts and sciences. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, Coggin College of Business, College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction, College of Education and Human Services, and Brooks College of Health, UNF offers 55 undergraduate degree programs with 80 areas of concentration and 26 master's degree programs with 57 areas of concentration. In addition, UNF offers three doctoral programs; two in nursing through the Brooks College of Health and one in Educational Leadership through the College of Education. All educational programs for which academic credit is awarded are approved by the faculty and the administration. In addition, each academic program has established learning outcomes and evaluation strategies.
At the undergraduate level, learning outcomes are referred to as Academic Learning Compacts (ALCs). An ALC is an expression of what students will know and be able to do upon completion of an academic program. ALCs began as a Board of Governors initiative in 2004. "By establishing ALCs and associated processes, each State university shall certify, through any process approved by its Board of Trustees, that each baccalaureate graduate has completed a program with clearly articulated core student learning expectations in content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills. Corresponding robust and effective assessment mechanisms will ensure that graduates have met the criteria of the Compacts."
At the graduate level, learning outcomes are referred to as Graduate Academic Learning Compacts (GALCs). GALCs are composed of four parts: a program's mission statement, expected student learning outcomes, assessment strategies and plans, and improvement strategies and plans. Many graduate programs, especially in the professional colleges, have discipline specific accreditation (e.g. AACSB, ABET, NCATE); where a program has this, their GALCs are informed by the requirements of their accreditation body. Many graduate programs have capstone experiences focused on the writing and defending of a thesis or dissertation; these programs use assessment strategies focused on the presence (or absence) of learning outcomes embedded in those capstone scholarly products. All graduate programs are progressively more advanced in academic content then their undergraduate counterparts, and the vast majority present students with opportunities to engage in independent learning.
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