Liberal Education and America’s Promise

Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) is a national higher education initiative in the United States led by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). The LEAP initiative was founded in 2005 on the premise that addressing the needs of the global economy and American democracy would require an increasing number of college graduates who possess the kinds of learning outcomes and practical skills achieved through a liberal education. This entry provides an overview of the LEAP framework for undergraduate liberal education, areas of activity within the initiative, and the programs that LEAP comprises.


The AAC&U is the leading national association dedicated to advancing the vitality and public standing of liberal education. AAC&U was founded in 1915 and now comprises 1,400 U.S. colleges and ...

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