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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to Participate in AAC&U's LEAP Challenge

October 9, 2015

SIUE will join the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) LEAP Challenge case study project.

The LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) challenge is about preparing students to advance their learning by solving complex problems through high-impact practices such as research, collaborative projects and experiential learning. Participating institutions will work with the AAC&U to develop a set of case studies underscoring how they are addressing the LEAP challenge. Students are to engage in signature work that will prepare them to integrate and apply their learning to a significant project with meaning to the student and society.

“SIUE’s general education reform was formed by the LEAP initiative,” said Parviz Ansari, SIUE provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “Our senior assignment, and elements of our curriculum and assessment philosophy are in alignment with the LEAP goals.”

SIUE and 12 other institutions will be featured as LEAP Challenge case studies, including:

  • 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
  • University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
  • Wagner College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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