The Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges and LEAP

Member Organization: Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC)

Year Joined: 2012

LEAP State Mission: The Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) entered into partnership with AAC&U’s LEAP initiative to deepen its collaborative efforts to improve and expand high impact undergraduate research and the quality of undergraduate learning across its 26 member institutions. Through its LEAP initiative, COPLAC intends to create an intentional, integrated approach to undergraduate research and articulate shared goals with students, internal, and external audiences.  The COPLAC effort will focus on

  • Collecting and sharing institutional practices, resources, and expertise through face-to-face meetings and through a web-based portal on the COPLAC web site;
  • Exploring the potential to share faculty expertise in mentoring undergraduate research students across the consortium using distance technology; and
  • Sharing best practices in the assessment of undergraduate research, both in terms of student learning and the application of new knowledge.

Contact: Cole Woodcox, Director, COPLAC,

COPLAC Institutions