Liberal Education and America's Promise

Launched in 2005 and active until 2018, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) was a national public advocacy and campus-action initiative to champion the importance of a liberal education—for individual students and for a nation dependent on economic creativity and democratic vitality. Through the LEAP initiative, and in partnership with the hundreds of campuses engaged in it, AAC&U identified and promoted a set of broad learning outcomes, high-impact educational practices that help students make progress in achieving the outcomes, and authentic forms of assessment for measuring their achievement.

The transformative success of LEAP set the stage for AAC&U’s current projects and initiatives to meet the challenges and opportunities now facing higher education. These ongoing projects and initiatives, as well as the association’s ongoing advocacy efforts, are grounded in a new, distinctive vision of liberal education that builds on the achievements of the LEAP initiative.

Learn More about LEAP

  • The LEAP Vision for Learning: Outcomes, Practices, Impact, and Employers’ Views (PDF)
    Published in 2011, this overview of the LEAP framework for learning also summarizes then-current research on high-impact educational practices, student learning outcomes, and employer views on college-level learning and workforce preparedness.
  • College Learning for the New Global Century (PDF)
    Published in 2007, this report from the National Leadership Council for Liberal Education and America’s Promise clarified the aims and outcomes of a twenty-first-century college education and provided a foundation for the LEAP initiative.