LEAP for Students: Resources and Voices

Through the Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) initiative, AAC&U is helping students, their parents, policymakers, and others understand what really matters in college—the kinds of learning that will truly empower college students to succeed and make a difference in the twenty-first century. Launched in 2005, LEAP is organized around a robust set of essential learning outcomes designed to help all college students prepare to succeed in a challenging world. LEAP also seeks to shine a spotlight on the ways in which colleges and universities are developing high-impact educational practices designed to provide these outcomes to all of today's students. LEAP recommends that all college students, regardless of their chosen field or major, achieve the outcomes of a liberal education.

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LEAP Student Publications

Why Do I Have to Take This Course?Why Do I Have to Take This Course?
This guide is intended to take some of the mystery out of curricular requirements and educate students about what really matters in college -- the broad learning outcomes developed over the entire course of their undergraduate years. The ideas presented represent a consensus of contemporary thinking about the purposes of undergraduate education.


What Will I Learn in College? What You Need To Know Now To Get Ready for College SuccessWhat Will I Learn in College? What You Need To Know Now To Get Ready for College Success
This is a guide to college learning designed for the college-bound high school student. The guide also features Advice from Campus - candid recommendations from contemporary college students about how to prepare for college success.


What Is a Liberal Education? And Why Is It Important to My Future?What Is a Liberal Education? And Why Is It Important to My Future?
This brochure serves as an introduction to what a liberal education is—and why it is important to all college students. It is based on research findings from the LEAP initiative and was developed with input from leading employers, recent graduates, economists, and students. This brochure provides a contemporary definition of the term "liberal education," the most important outcomes of college, and perspectives from recent graduates and employers. It also provides a set of questions designed to help students construct a purposeful pathway through college. Ideal for use in first-year and transfer student orientation, first-year seminars, academic advising, admissions, and career counseling.