Intellectual Foundations Program for Faculty

Florida Atlantic University believes that higher education should go well beyond the preparation of individuals for demanding careers in their chosen fields. It should also provide broad intellectual enrichment through systematic exposure to a diversity of academic experiences. The purpose of the Intellectual Foundations Program (IFP) in this endeavor is to develop the intellectual skills, habits of thought, ethical values, and love of learning that transcend the choice of major. These are the hallmarks of educated men and women capable of meeting effectively the social, political, and economic challenges of contemporary life.
 
Thus, the mission of a comprehensive university education is to produce graduates who can intelligently analyze information, appreciate diverse peoples and ideas, and adapt to change through the self-motivated acquisition of new knowledge.
 
Consequently, the FAU Intellectual Foundations Program is a carefully devised program that draws on many subject areas to provide and reinforce essential skills and values from different points of view. It equips students with the academic tools they will need to succeed, not only as undergraduates in their degree programs but also as responsible citizens in a complex world. Please click here for a detailed description of the IFP


IFP Approval Procedures
The Core Curriculum Committee (CCC), a subcommittee of the University Undergraduate Programs Committee (UUPC), oversees the development, implementation, and assessment of the Intellectual Foundations Program which was revised in spring 2015. The CCC includes three representatives from the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, two representatives from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, and one representative from each of the other colleges offering undergraduate degrees. The Dean of Undergraduate Studies chairs the committee and is a non-voting member of the CCC as well as the Director of Assessment for Undergraduate Studies. The CCC reviews courses for inclusion in the Intellectual Foundations Program.
Please click here for the submission procedures.

IFP Assessment
Learning outcomes are associated with each category of the Intellectual Foundations Program. Faculty are asked to provide the Core Curriculum Committee a "road map" of where each outcome can be found in their course content and how will it be measured. Some outcomes might be measured by student papers or exams. Other outcomes might be measured by projects, class discussions, portfolios, field experiences, presentations for example.
FAU's general education curriculum is a carefully devised program that draws on many subject areas to provide and reinforce essential skills and values from different points of view. It equips students with the academic tools they will need to succeed, not only as undergraduates in their degree programs but also as responsible citizens in a complex world. 
 
Please click on the appropriate link below to submit your outcomes of the course.
 
Foundations of Written Communication
 
Foundations of Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning
 
Foundations of Science and the Natural World
 
Foundations of Science and the Natural World (stand-alone labs)
 
Foundations of Society and Human Behavior
 
Foundations of Global Citizenship
 
Foundations of Humanities
 

Click to view the Spring 2012 IFP Assessment Report. This document contains hyperlinks to tables and supporting evidence.

 
IFP Assessment Feedback
If you would like to submit feedback about the Spring 2012 IFP Assessment process, or offer recommendations for the improvement of the process for future assessment cycles, please use the feedback form provided here . Once a new IFP Assessment Committee is formed, your information will be provided to the committee to assist them in redesigning and implementing the next assessment cycle.

 
 Last Modified 2/2/15