Advocacy for Liberal Education
In coordination with member institutions and on their behalf, AAC&U engages in advocacy within the higher education community and beyond it. The overall goal is to improve the public standing of liberal education by demonstrating and championing the economic and civic value of a liberal education, its ongoing relevance to students’ career aspirations, and its essential role in equipping students for lifelong learning, civic participation, and personal flourishing.
Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) is a national public advocacy and campus action initiative that champions the economic and civic value of a liberal education. The initiative promotes Essential Learning Outcomes of a liberal education, Principles of Excellence to guide educational reform and renewal, High-Impact Practices that engage and challenge students, Authentic Assessments that use students’ own work and faculty-validated rubrics, and Signature Work as part of the expected pathway to a degree.
Through the LEAP States Initiative, educators in state systems and consortia work together in support of transformational change and educational alignment in order to raise the quality of college learning within and across individual states. LEAP States are structured as formal collaboratives and designated as LEAP States through an application process. AAC&U encourages all LEAP States to form partnerships across educational sectors and to engage P–16, civic, and business leaders.
Rising to the LEAP Challenge: Case Studies of Integrative Pathways to Student Signature Work
Rising to the LEAP Challenge provides a series of case studies that reflect the "real-world" application of students' cumulative learning through signature work projects, as put forth in AAC&U's LEAP Challenge. Such projects focus on complex questions that are meaningful to individual students and to society; require students to integrate, apply, demonstrate, reflect on, and...
Open and Integrative: Designing Liberal Education for the New Digital Ecosystem
The ongoing digital revolution has created a complex and interconnected ecosystem that is fundamentally reshaping how we learn and communicate. Yet, despite its transformative potential, this digital ecosystem has so far had less of an impact on formal education than on other sectors of our society. Authors Randy Bass and Bret Eynon explore the implications of emerging digital capacities and...
- Webinar - Connecting the Branches: Insights from the National Academies Report on Integrative Learning
- Webinar - Free Speech at Colleges and Universities: Perspectives and Recommendations
- Webinar - Civic Prompts in the Major: Disciplinary Knowledge, Democratic Culture, and the Public Good
- AAC&U's 2018 Employer Research: Liberal Education and the Future of Work
- Webinar: Strategies for Communicating the Importance of Liberal Education