General education is central to student learning at Florida Polytechnic University. It is tied to the University’s mission, core values, and strategic goals. The mission of Florida Polytechnic University is to prepare 21st century learners to become innovative problem-solvers and high-tech professionals in STEM fields. At the same time, the University recognizes that higher education must equip students for experiences beyond their chosen major or career-it must prepare them to think critically about the world, to engage in civic life, and to become life-long learners after graduation. The General Education program provides students with a liberal arts foundation that complements the University’s STEM-focused curriculum and gives students opportunities to develop thinking, professional and academic skills, ethical values, and intellectual curiosity essential for success.
In each undergraduate degree program, the University requires the successful completion of a General Education Program component at the collegiate level. The University’s general education courses support and enhance the core STEM learning and competencies at the institution, providing students with breadth of knowledge, critical thinking skills and writing skills, among other proficiencies.
The University has developed student learning outcomes to demonstrate each of its General Education / College Level competencies in the areas of:
1) Communication Skills - Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and to analyze communication critically in both oral and written mediums.
2) Critical Thinking Skills - Students will demonstrate the ability to formulate problems and comprehensively explore and evaluate issues, ideas, artifacts, and information before reaching a conclusion.
3) Ways of Knowing in the Humanities - Students will understand how questions are posed and how insights and creative responses to them are formulated in the Humanities.
4) Ways of Knowing in the Social and Behavioral Sciences - Students will understand how questions about individuals and social groups are posed and addressed through research, experimentation, and analysis in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.
5) Mathematical Reasoning - Students will develop mathematical skills that are crucial to success in all STEM fields.
6) Scientific Reasoning - Students will demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and use it to explain the natural world.