State Mandated Academic Learning Compacts (SMALCs)

The State Board of Governors has directed each university to develop Academic Learning Compacts for each baccalaureate degree program. A State University System Academic Learning Compact (SMALC) is comprised of the identification, for each academic Bachelor’s program, of what it is that students will have learned by the end of the program, and how that learning will be measured above and beyond course grades. A Compact must include the core learning expectations in the areas of Communication, Critical Thinking Skills and Content/Discipline knowledge and skills. It also must identify the corresponding assessments used to determine how well student learning matches those articulated expectations.

Successful performance on the State Mandated Academic Learning Compacts for each specific degree is a requirement for graduation. Students may obtain information on these from the academic departments.