The LEAP Challenge
As part of AAC&U's ongoing Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative, AAC&U recently released The LEAP Challenge—calling on colleges and universities to engage students in Signature Work that will prepare them to integrate and apply their learning to a significant project with meaning to the student and to society.
Read Carol Geary Schneider's vision for the LEAP Challenge, The LEAP Challenge: Transforming for Students, Essential for Liberal Education.
LEAP responds to the changing demands of the twenty-first century—demands for more college-educated workers and more engaged and informed citizens. Today, and in the years to come, college graduates need higher levels of learning and knowledge as well as strong intellectual and practical skills to navigate this more demanding environment successfully and responsibly. LEAP challenges the traditional practice of providing liberal education to some students and narrow training to others. The LEAP Challenge is designed to flexibly allow all students—whatever their institution or chosen field—to gain this blended model of liberal education and the outcomes so important for success and well-being in today’s world.
Cohorts of LEAP Challenge institutions are working through a variety of projects on different aspects of the LEAP Challenge:
- Capstones and Signature Work
- Transparency and Problem-Centered Learning
- Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence
- LEAP Challenge New England Institutions Initiative
- LEAP Challenge Case Studies
- General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) Pathways
Click here for a list of participating institutions and additional information about these projects.