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LEAP—Liberal Education and America’s Promise—is an initiative and a philosophy of higher education of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Launched in 2005, the initiative came about as a result of nationwide consultations and input-gathering from higher education stakeholders. GSW is a member institution of AAC&U, so all GSW employees can access AAC&U’s website as members. Please create your account on AAC&U’s website at (look for “Manage Account” link on the bottom left, under “About”).  The following are the main ideas associated with LEAP:

Essential Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world
  • Intellectual and practical skills (inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, information literacy, among others)
  • Personal and social responsibility (civic engagement, ethical reasoning, intercultural knowledge, and so on)
  • Integrative and applied learning

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
  • ePortfolios
  • Service Learning, Community-Based Learning
  • Internships
  • Capstone Courses and Projects

Read these LEAP Reports for more specific information:

High Impact Practices

College Learning for the New Global Century

For more information about LEAP, visit

Liberal Education News Watch (a collection of articles related to liberal education posted by AAC&U):


GSW LEAP Office:
English Building, Room 109

LEAP Coordinator:
Judy Orton Grissett

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