Graduate Academic Learning Compact
This policy identifies the minimum content of Graduate Academic Learning Compacts (GALC) at the University of North Florida. It articulates a sequence of steps that must be followed to ensure that GALCs reflect essential learning outcomes, that they are kept up to date, that they are assessed on a regular, recurring basis, and that the results of their assessment inform continuous program improvement. The purpose is to ensure clear communication to students of graduate program learning outcomes and their means of assessment, and to ensure continuous review and improvement of program quality.
Faculty teaching in the major will use the results of the assessments identified in the GALC during their respective program reviews in determining program effectiveness and ongoing improvement. The results from the GALCs will also be used in required reporting to UNF’s accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), which defines minimal standards for program assessment to which graduate programs must adhere to maintain UNF’s accreditation.
Each graduate academic major offered by the University of North Florida and listed on the State University System Academic Degree Inventory will have a published Graduate Academic Learning Compact (GALC) which can be viewed by students and other interested parties. This publicly available GALC will clearly articulate:
1. a program mission statement that includes a description of the kinds of learning experiences that students will encounter in the program, of faculty scholarly activities, and of the program’s interaction with external entities.
2. learning outcomes for program graduates. Outcomes must address at least the following two categories, which align with SACSCOC accreditation standards: knowledge of the literature of the discipline; and ability to engage in independent research or professional practice. An additional two or three categories should be considered in areas such as oral and/or written communication, critical thinking, ethical conduct, and others that are discipline-specific and/or required by professional accrediting bodies.
3. a description of the types of assessments that students might encounter in the program and that faculty will use to judge how student learning reflects the expected outcomes, and with a clear indication of the alignment between the types of assessments and the categories of learning outcome(s) for which they provide evidence.
In addition, the internally available portion of the GALC will contain:
1. a program mission statement;
2. a curriculum map that demonstrates how program instructional content supports student attainment of the identified outcomes.
3. a plan for a four year cycle of assessment that includes assessment and continuous improvement of each outcome based on the results of the most recent assessment.
It is the responsibility of the academic departments to ensure that each GALC is kept up-to-date and to create a GALC for each new graduate program proposal.
View the University's official policy on Graduate Academic Learning Compact GALC