Capstones & Signature Work Publications

Peer Review, Spring 2018

This issue presents findings from the eight-campus LEAP Challenge: Engaging in Capstones and Signature Work project consortium. Cross-consortium perspectives are presented in the feature articles, which are organized around the five themes that emerged during the project—defining capstones and signature work, organizing capstones and signature work, student preparedness for capstones and signature work, institutional readiness for capstones and signature work, and assessing capstones and signature work.Read more

Rising to the LEAP Challenge: Case Studies of Integrative Pathways to Student Signature Work

Rising to the LEAP Challenge: Case Studies of Integrative Pathways to Student Signature Work

Signature work projects focus on complex questions that are meaningful to individual students and to society; require students to integrate, apply, demonstrate, reflect on, and communicate their cumulative learning; and require input from multiple disciplines and perspectives. This publication presents thirteen case studies that demonstrate the variety of forms signature work can take, as well as the variety of institutional contexts and curricular pathways that can effectively support it. The cases are specifically tailored to provide practical advice for campus leaders seeking to design, implement, and assess integrative pathways to student signature work.

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The LEAP Challenge: Educating for a World of Unscripted Problems

The LEAP Challenge: Educating for a World of Unscripted Problems

Building on a decade of campus reform efforts to advance essential learning outcomes and high-impact educational practices for all students, this publication challenges colleges and universities to engage students in signature work that will prepare them to integrate and apply their learning through a significant project.

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General Education Maps and Markers: Designing Meaningful Pathways to Student Achievement

General Education Maps and Markers: Designing Meaningful Pathways to Student Achievement

A resource for faculty members, academic leaders, and policymakers, this publication provides clear principles and guidelines for ensuring that general education fosters essential learning outcomes and key proficiencies important for long-term success and flourishing; that it enriches student learning in the major; and that it prepares students to tackle the kinds of complex problems they will inevitably confront in work, civil society, and their own lives.

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