LEAP 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.

Compact Resources

April 2013 Compact Launch

Two regional invitation-only Employer-Educator Forums were hosted in Philadelphia in April, 2014 and in Seattle in May, 2014. 

A regional New England Employer-Educator Forum was hosted on October 28th in Boston, MA.

Contact the AAC&U President’s Office at presidentsoffice@aacu.org with questions.

Program Goals

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.