Intellectual Foundations Program for Faculty
FAU 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.
IFP Approval Procedures
The Core Curriculum Committee (CCC), a subcommittee of the UPC, oversees the development, implementation, and assessment of the Intellectual Foundations Program which was implemented in fall 2009. 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 and is a non-voting member of the CCC. The CCC reviews courses for inclusion in the Intellectual Foundations Program.
Learning objectives are associated with each category of the Intellectual Foundations Program. Faculty are asked to provide the assessment committee a "road map" of where each objective can be found in their course. Some objectives might be readily seen in student papers or exams. Other objectives, however, might be far less “visible.” They might come through course lectures or class discussions, for example.
In addition to the learning objectives associated with each category, the Intellectual Foundations Program has specific overall objectives. The
FAU 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 objectives of the course.
Click the link above to view the 2012 IFP Assessment Report. The 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.