Project LEAP

For those of you who attended the open meetings with Dr. Roger Casey, candidate for president, you heard him mention Project LEAP. LEAP stands for “Liberal Education and America’s Promise” and is an initiative coordinated by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). The general principles behind LEAP are that:

Students should prepare for twenty-first-century challenges by gaining:

Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World

  • Through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, and the arts
  • Focused by engagement with big questions, both contemporary
    and enduring

Intellectual and Practical Skills, Including

  • Inquiry and analysis
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Written and oral communication
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Information literacy
  • Teamwork and problem solving

And all of the above should be practiced extensively, across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards for performance

Personal and Social Responsibility, Including

  • Civic knowledge and engagement—local and global
  • Intercultural knowledge and competence
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Foundations and skills for lifelong learning

All of which should be anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges

Integrative Learning, Including

  • Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies

Which should be demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems

This link will take you to the website that describes LEAP. There are PDF files and other links to discussion about these issues and other learning outcomes for students.
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