LEAP State: North Dakota

Member Organization: Public, private, and tribal colleges and universities

Year Joined: 2010

LEAP State Mission: North Dakota has organized a series of LEAP State campus action and advocacy efforts that champion the value of a liberal education for all college students.  Through a variety of activities that include participants from North Dakota's public, private, and tribal colleges and universities, the state leaders are advancing a strategic dialogue on the future of higher education and the importance of liberal education in North Dakota.


Featured Engagement Strategy: Beginning in 2009, the North Dakota General Education Council (NDGEC) statewide meetings have emerged as a key LEAP activity in the state.  A series of twice-a-year summits has been held at different campus locations in North Dakota. The summits resulted from North Dakota’s successful efforts to create a general education community among all 19 of the state’s institutions of higher education: public, private, and tribal. Summit participants have learned about AAC&U's LEAP initiative and VALUE Rubrics, WICHE's Interstate Passport project, and the impact of the Degree Qualifications Profile on general education statewide.

Contact: Larry Peterson, Director, Office of Accreditation, Assessment, and Academic Advising, North Dakota State University, larry.r.peterson@ndsu.edu

Other Featured Initiatives: 

  • North Dakota’s seventh statewide General Education Summit was hosted by United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck on April 20, 2012, and was the first such summit to be held on a tribal college campus. The keynote was given by Tim Giago, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe and founder of the Native American Journalists Association. Stakeholders at the meeting included faculty, administrators, employers, and policymakers.

For more information, contact Eddie Watson, Associate Vice President for Quality, Advocacy, and LEAP Initiatives, at watson@aacu.org