LEAP State: Texas

Member Organization: 62 institutions and systems, including public, private, two-year, and four-year institutions

Year Joined: 2014

LEAP State Mission: The mission of LEAP Texas is to provide a structure through which Texas public and private institutions of higher education can communicate, organize, and develop plans and policy recommendations that address their common interests of student success and the improvement of higher education in Texas. LEAP Texas has designated three areas of focus for activities: 1) Leveraging the newly redesigned State Core Curriculum (largely informed by the LEAP ELOs) for the overall improvement of undergraduate education; 2) Creating a capacity for large-scale, inter-institutional collaboration in robust and authentic assessment; and 3) Embedding high-impact practices in the undergraduate curriculum. 

Featured Engagement Strategy:

LEAP Texas brings together faculty and students for exchange of ideas through its annual forums.  The third annual forum took place at The University of Texas, San Antonio in February of 2016, drawing participants from all regions of the state.  Following Dr. Carol Geary Schneider’s (AAC&U) keynote address on guided learning pathways, presentation topics included Texas Core Curriculum success stories at UT San Antonio, inter-institutional collaboration, and lessons from LEAP projects in Wisconsin. Notable breakout sessions focused on social responsibility and equity in higher education.

The fourth annual LEAP Texas forum will be held at El Centro College in Dallas on February 19-21, 2017, and feature Dr. Betsy Barefoot, Senior Scholar for the John N. Gardner Institute, as its keynote speaker.


News from Initiatives

LEAP Texas holds an affiliate group meeting every year in conjunction with the SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) conference.  The 2016 meeting included presentations on General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs), the Texas Assessment Collaborative, updates on the LEAP Texas faculty fellows and development hub, and a talk by Dr. Loraine Phillips (chair, LEAP Texas) and Teri Lyn Hinds (Director, Research and Data Policy, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities) on Excellence in Assessment Designation (EIA) – Advantages and Opportunities. To see the Power Point presentation from Dr. Phillips and Ms. Hinds' talk, click here.

Contact: Larry King, Chair, LEAP Texas; Director, Office of Student Learning and Institutional Assessment, Stephen F. Austin State University, lking@sfasu.edu

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