LEAP Challenge Projects: Participating Institutions

Capstones and Signature Work

With funding from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, 8 LEAP Challenge institutions are working on ways to embed in curricular pathways opportunities for students to integrate and apply their learning to complex problems and projects leading to substantive capstone learning opportunities.

Participating institutions: 

  • Augustana College
  • Bates College
  • Clark University
  • The College of William and Mary
  • Connecticut College
  • Elizabethtown College
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • Oberlin College

Transparency and Problem-Centered Learning

With support from TG Philanthropy, 5 LEAP Challenge institutions are working on a crucial aspect of the LEAP Challenge—how we can ensure that new majority students are benefiting from engaged, integrative, problem-based learning opportunities.  In this initiative, institutions are researching the impact of integrative learning practices on specific cohorts of students—including first-generation, minority, and low-income students.

Participating institutions:

  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • Community College of Philadelphia
  • Heritage University
  • St. Edward's University
  • Queensborough Community College of The City University of New York
  • University of Houston-Downtown
  • Winston-Salem State University

Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence

With support from USA Funds, 12 LEAP Challenge institutions are working on the design, implementation, and assessment of campus action plans to advance equity in student learning and success.  

Participating institutions:

  • Anne Arundel Community College 
  • California State University – Northridge
  • California State University – Sacramento 
  • Clark Atlanta University 
  • Dominican University 
  • Florida International University 
  • Governors State University 
  • Lansing Community College 
  • Morgan State University 
  • North Carolina A&T State University 
  • Pomona College 
  • Wilbur Wright College

LEAP Challenge New England Institutions Initiative

With support from the Davis Educational Foundation, 8 LEAP Challenge Institutions are working together to remap curricular pathways and design Signature Work projects to simultaneously support deeper student engagement in learning, higher levels of student persistence and accomplishment, and fuller ways to make students’ accomplishments both visible and valued.

Participating institutions:

  • Boston University 
  • Champlain College 
  • Eastern Connecticut State University 
  • Providence College 
  • Quinnipiac University 
  • University of Hartford 
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell  
  • University of Southern Maine 

GEMs Pathways

Two- and four-year institutions in three LEAP States are working, in partnership, to support coherent, guided-pathway general education and major programs that help to prepare students for appropriate level Signature Work and reduce barriers to transfer.

Participating Institutions:

  • California State University – Channel Islands
  • Santa Barbara City College
  • Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Ivy Tech Community College – Central Indiana
  • Collin College
  • Dallas County Community College District
  • University of North Texas

LEAP Challenge Case Studies

The following institutions have already established culminating work as a degree requirement and will be featured as LEAP Challenge case studies:

  • Bard College 
  • Case Western Reserve University 
  • DePaul University 
  • Hampshire College
  • LaGuardia Community College/City University of New York 
  • Luther College  
  • Portland State University 
  • Salt Lake Community College  
  • Santa Clara University 
  • Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville 
  • University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh 
  • Wagner College 
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute