According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) website, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) is a national advocacy, campus action, and research initiative that champions the importance of a twenty-first century liberal education—for individuals and for a nation dependent on economic creativity and democratic vitality.
LEAP embraces a 21st-Century Definition of Liberal Education and promotes:
- Essential Learning Outcomes—as a guiding vision and national benchmarks for college learning and liberal education in the 21st century
- High-Impact Educational Practices—that help students achieve essential learning outcomes
- Authentic Assessments—probing whether students can apply their learning to complex problems and real-world challenges
- Inclusive Excellence—to ensure that every student gets the benefits of an engaged and practical liberal education.
LEAP leaders also work to engage the public with core questions about what really matters in college and to connect employers and educators as they build new partnerships and make the case for the importance of liberal education in a global economy and in our diverse democracy.
For more information about the LEAP initiative, please see the AACU “Introduction to LEAP” brochure.
The 16 rubrics developed by AAC&U may be downloaded below:
- Civic Engagement
- Creative Thinking
- Critical Thinking
- Ethical Reasoning
- Global Learning
- Information Literacy
- Inquiry and Analysis
- Integrative Learning
- Intercultural Knowledge
- Lifelong Learning
- Oral Communication
- Problem Solving
- Quantitative Literacy
- Written Communication
To see more about the LEAP VALUE Rubrics, click on the link below: