The FAMU School of Architecture Studio Culture Policy provides a philosophy for faculty and students to help frame and ensure that the academic environment is conducive to healthy learning. It is, therefore, the intention of the School that faculty and students be given a nurturing and supportive environment where intellectual development can occur, where harmonious relations thrive between faculty and students, and where intellectual curiosities are matched with realistic expectations. As such, the Policy attempts to frame an academic climate that is conducive to individual and group exploration, achieving the learning outcomes, and asserting the value of each person who is a part of this community.
The SOA Policy is not autonomous; it is connected to the mission of the University. As an 1890 land-grant institution, the FAMU mission is to provide an enlightened and enriched academic, intellectual, moral, cultural, ethical, technological, and student-centered environment conducive to the development of highly qualified individuals who are prepared and capable of serving as leaders and contributors in our ever-evolving society. To help promote these goals, the SOA has identified six specific values that will structure the Policy. The FAMU SOA holds the following core values essential to the Studio Culture Policy and achievement of the University’s mission:
While these values provide the basis for actualizing the University mission, they also provide the means for self-evaluation and modification to ensure that this academic environment is mutually beneficial to faculty and students. The School of Architecture has uses a freshmen college orientation course (taught by the Dean) to introduce freshmen to architecture, the history of the University, academic policies, and the SOA Student Handbook - which includes the FAMU SOA Studio Culture Policy document. For this Policy to be effective, the students and faculty must fully participate. The "spirit" of this Policy is predicated on the assumption that teaching and learning is enjoyable and worthwhile. This Policy is not a document to be only read; it is to be followed emphatically. The SOA Dean's Council and faculty representatives review the Policy annually. Together, they review the studio culture in the School and identify successes and shortcomings.
- Time Management Skills
ABOUT THE SCHOOL
THE HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL
THE MISSION OF THE SCHOOL
THE SOA LIBRARY