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Presidents' Trust Employer-Educator Compact

The LEAP Employer-Educator Compact is a statement from educational and business leaders about making high-quality learning a national priority as employers seek college graduates with a broader set of skills and knowledge to fuel our innovation-driven economy.  Through this initiative, college, community college, and university presidents are joining with local and national business and non-profit leaders to sponsor events and campus programs.  They are working together to support the goals of LEAP and to provide students with more hands-on learning opportunities coupled with the broad outcomes of a quality liberal education.

As of March 2014, more than 100 college presidents and more than 170 business and nonprofit leaders have signed on to the LEAP Employer-Educator Compact and have pledged to work together to ensure that all college students—including those attending two-year and four-year, public and private institutions—have access to a quality liberal education that fully prepares them for work, life, and citizenship.

All the individuals signing the LEAP Employer-Educator Compact have committed to:

  • Helping Americans understand the rising demands of a global workplace and the need for every student to acquire liberal education outcomes;
  • Ensuring that all college students have access to experiences that help them develop the broad knowledge and intellectual skills needed for success;
  • Expanding and supporting new designs for hands-on learning, including such things as senior projects, undergraduate research, and internships;
  • Advancing the dual mission for American higher education to prepare students both for successful careers and for civic responsibility;
  • Documenting progress in helping all students achieve key learning outcomes, including their ability to apply learning to complex problems.

Compact Resources

April 2013 Compact Launch

Two regional invitation-only Employer-Educator Forums will be hosted in Philadelphia on April 16th and in Seattle on May 20th. For details about the Philadelphia Forum, please follow this link, and for details about the Seattle Forum, please follow this link.

A regional New England Employer-Educator Forum was hosted on October 28th in Boston, MA. For more details, please visit this link.

Contact Halim Rizk in the AAC&U President’s Office at with questions.