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2 LEAP Responds to New Reality: The World is Demanding More There is a demand for more numbers of college educated workers. There is a demand for engaged and informed citizens, who are knowledgeable about themselves and the world around them There is also a demand that those educated workers and citizens have higher levels of learning and knowledge, and some new and different skills and abilities.

3 Curricular and Pedagogical Innovations – Led by Faculty – Already Are Creating a 21 st Century Vision and Practice for Liberal Education Directly Connected to the Needs and Experiences of Todays Diverse Students, our Diverse Democracy, and an Interdependent Global Community

4 The LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World Focused on engagement with big questions, enduring and contemporary Intellectual and Practical Skills Practiced extensively across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards for performance Personal and Social Responsibility Anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges Integrative Learning Demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems

5 LEAP Principles of Excellence Principle One Aim Highand Make Excellence Inclusive Principle Two Give Students a Compass Principle Three Teach the Arts of Inquiry and Innovation Principle Four Engage the Big Questions Principle Five Connect Knowledge with Choices and Action Principle Six Foster Civic, Intercultural,and Ethical Learning Principle Seven Assess Students Ability to Apply Learning to complex Problems

6 Frequently Confused Terms Liberal Education: An approach to college learning that empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity and change. It emphasizes broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g., science, culture and society) as well as in-depth achievement in a specific field of interest. It helps students develop a sense of social responsibility as well as strong intellectual and practical skills that span all areas of study, such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and includes a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings. Liberal Arts: Specific disciplines (e.g., the humanities, sciences, and social sciences) Liberal Arts Colleges: A particular institutional type – often small, often residential – that facilitates close interaction between faculty and students, while grounding its curriculum in the liberal arts disciplines. General Education: The part of a liberal education curriculum shared by all students. It provides broad exposure to multiple disciplines and forms the basis for developing important intellectual and civic capacities.

7 LEAP Goals Spark public debate about this educational vision and about what outcomes are essential for all students; create more informed public support for higher education and changes to improve quality Challenge the belief that students must choose either a liberal education or a practical education Help all students understand, prepare for, and achieve essential outcomes Document national, state, and institutional progress in student achievement of essential learning outcomes

8 LEAP Promotes: Essential Learning Outcomes A Guiding Vision and National Benchmarks for College Learning and Liberal Education in the 21 st Century High Impact Practices Helping Students Achieve the Essential Learning Outcomes Authentic Assessments Probing Whether Students Can APPLY Their Learning – to Complex Problems and Real-World Challenges Inclusive Excellence Diversity, equity, quality of learning for all groups of students

9 LEAP Areas of Work Public Advocacyleadership through National Leadership Council, Presidents Trust, and work in selected LEAP states to make the case for liberal education and importance of essential learning outcomes Campus Actiontechnical assistance and networking to support campus efforts to increase all students achievement of essential learning outcomes and to communicate more effectively about liberal education Authentic Evidencereports on public opinion, high-impact practices that lead to essential learning outcomes, assessment approaches that deepen student learning and periodic reports of national data on student achievement

10 LEAP at Five-Year Mark 300+ individual institutions in Campus Action Network; LEAP States Initiative: California State University, Oregon, Wisconsin, Virginia, Utah, North Dakota 2000 Institutions Using LEAP VALUE Rubrics for Assessment of Cross-Cutting Outcomes; National Leadership Council (inc. educators, policy leaders, business leaders) and Presidents Trust (inc. 90+ college and university presidents)

11 High Impact Practices First-Year Seminars and Experiences Common Intellectual Experiences Learning Communities Writing-Intensive Courses Collaborative Assignments and Projects Undergraduate Research Diversity/Global Learning Service Learning, Community-Based Learning Internships Capstone Courses and Projects

12 Current LEAP Projects Give Students a Compass: A Tri-State Partnership for College Learning, General Education, and Underserved Student Success (California State Universities, The Oregon University System, The University of Wisconsin System VALUEValid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education Developing a Community College Student Roadmap (the Roadmap Project)

13 Give Students a Compass Give Students a Compass helps institutions in three state systems build capacity to support academic excellence for all students, emphasizing the success of students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Compass seeks to: Share and Align Essential Learning Outcomes in Systems Re-map and align gen ed on campuses and in systems Build high-impact practices Develop enabling policies to support spread of high-impact practices Align assessment approaches with outcomes Disaggregate data on completion and learning

14 Funded by FIPSE and State Farm Insurance, VALUE is developing an approach to assessment based on examples of student work saved over time in an e-portfolio and completed through a students curriculum and co-curriculum. The project has included, to date, 12 Leadership Schools and 15 faculty teams that have developed and tested rubrics for assessing 15 cross-cutting learning outcomes

15 The Roadmap Project Funded with support from MetLife Foundation, the Roadmap project is designed to help community colleges create robust and proactive programs of academic support, tied to expected learning outcomes. The Roadmap will help campuses engage students at entrance and teach them, from the outset, how to become active partners in their own quest for educational success.

16 LEAP Resources Public Opinion Research: focus groups of students; focus groups/surveys of employers Publications, Web sites, and Advocacy Tools - Vision and Context -Assessmentapproaches and findings -Researchpractices, policies, etc. -Student perspectives and resources Campus Action Network – supporting campus efforts to promote and provide liberal education for all students

17 National Surveys of Employers on College Learning and Graduates Work Readiness AAC&U commissioned Hart Research Associates (in 2006, 2007, and in late 2009) to interview employers (C-level suite executives and, in 2009 additional human resource professionals) whose companies report that hiring relatively large numbers of college graduates Findings are summarized in the following reports: How Should Colleges Prepare Students to Succeed in Todays Global Economy? (AAC&U, 2007) How Should Colleges Assess and Improve Student Learning? Employers Views on the Accountability Challenge (AAC&U, 2008) Raising the Bar: Employers Views on College Learning in the Wake of the Economic Downturn (AAC&U, 2010) See:

18 Selected Core LEAP Publications College Learning for the New Global Century (2007) Making the Case for Liberal Education: Responding to Challenges (2006) What is a Liberal Education?: And Why Is It Important to My Future? (2011) The LEAP Vision for Learning: Outcomes, Practices, Impact, and Employers Views (2011)

19 Selected LEAP Publications and Resources on Assessment Assessing Outcomes and Improving Achievement: Tips and Tools for Using Rubrics, edited by Terrel L. Rhodes Electronic Portfolios and Student Success: Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Learning, by Helen L. Chen and Tracy Penny Light Rubrics online at:

20 LEAP Publications on High-Impact Educational Practices High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to them, and Why They Matter (AAC&U, 2008) by George D. Kuh Five High-Impact Practices: Research on Learning Outcomes, Completion, and Quality (AAC&U, 2010) by Lynn Swaner and Jayne Brownell


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