Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Michigan Association of State Universities Announce Michigan As 12th Partner State in AAC&U's LEAP States Initiative
Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Michigan Association of State Universities announced today that Michigan is now a state partner in AAC&U’s national initiative, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP).
“Michigan is delighted to become a LEAP state partner,” said Daniel J. Hurley, CEO of the Michigan Association of State Universities. “With AAC&U and the other LEAP states as partners, this initiative will invigorate the further integration of liberal arts education and learning outcomes assessment for the nearly 300,000 students enrolled at the state’s 15 public universities.”
The Michigan LEAP effort currently has support from all of the state’s public universities. The Michigan Focus on Essential Learning Outcomes (MIFELO) steering committee will provide oversight for this initiative. This group is composed of administrators responsible for general education and/or learning outcomes assessment at the state universities and will work to engage faculty, students, parents, legislators, and business leaders in dialogues on critical issues facing students at these institutions. This steering committee will meet quarterly, elect a chair, vice-chair, and recording secretary to facilitate the meetings.
Centralized assistance with the state’s LEAP initiative will be provided by the Michigan Association of State Universities. The Association serves as the coordinating board for the state’s public universities, providing advocacy and fostering policy to maximize the collective value these institutions provide in serving the public interest and the state of Michigan. The Association will provide communications facilitation, convening coordination, and as appropriate, assistance with program development in carrying out the state’s LEAP agenda.
“AAC&U is very pleased to welcome Michigan to LEAP,” said AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider. “AAC&U and the Michigan Association of State Universities share a passion for advocating for liberal education for all students—through studies in science, humanities, the arts, and the social sciences. We are delighted to work with Michigan to ensure that college students throughout the state receive the best possible preparation for purposeful work and citizenship, and flourishing lives.”
Launched in 2005, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) is a national public advocacy and campus action initiative of the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). LEAP champions the importance of a twenty-first-century liberal education—for individual students and for a nation dependent on economic creativity and democratic vitality. LEAP responds to the changing demands of the twenty-first century—demands for more college-educated workers and more engaged and informed citizens. Today, and in the years to come, college graduates need higher levels of learning and knowledge as well as strong intellectual and practical skills to navigate this more demanding environment successfully and responsibly. Through LEAP, hundreds of campuses are making far-reaching educational changes to help all their students—whatever their chosen field of study—acquire the broad knowledge, higher order capacities, and real world experience they need to thrive both in the economy and in a globally engaged democracy.
AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises more than 1,300 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size.
AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators, and faculty members who are engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Its mission is to reinforce the collective commitment to liberal education and inclusive excellence at both the national and local levels, and to help individual institutions keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges.
About the Michigan Association of State Universities
The Michigan Association of State Universities serves as the coordinating board for Michigan’s 15 public universities, providing advocacy and fostering policy to maximize the collective value these institutions provide in serving the public interest and the state of Michigan. Established more than 60 years ago, the association in recent decades was known as the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan. In 2015 it was renamed the Michigan Association of State Universities. Michigan’s public universities annually serve approximately 300,000 students, focusing on the delivery of excellent undergraduate and graduate education and equal educational opportunity. For more information, go to: www.masu.org/.