Making Liberal Education Inclusive

MLEINCL_cover.jpgThe Roots and Reach of the LEAP Framework for College Learning

By Carol Geary Schneider

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From 2005 to 2018, AAC&U led a national public advocacy and campus-action initiative to champion the importance of a liberal education for individual students and for a nation dependent on economic creativity and democratic vitality. At the heart of the initiative—titled Liberal Education and America’s Promise, or LEAP—was a distinctive framework for college-level learning that includes a set of broad learning outcomes, high-impact educational practices, and authentic forms of assessment. This new book tells the LEAP story and situates it within the broader context of AAC&U’s work over the two previous decades to break down the dividing lines between a “true” liberal arts education and career-related fields, integrally connect liberal learning with the wider world, and combine liberal education with inclusive excellence and equity.

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Carol Geary Schneider is president emerita of AAC&U and a consultant with Lumina Foundation, where she works on quality and equity in postsecondary education. She also is a senior advisor to College Promise for its work on quality and civic learning. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she studied at the University of London's Institute for Historical Research and earned the PhD in history from Harvard University. Schneider joined the AAC&U staff in 1987, first serving as vice president, then as executive vice president, and finally as president from 1998 to 2016.



Publication Year: 2021
ISBN: 978-1-7347173-1-0
Length: 224 Pages