“Liberal education prepares students to understand and manage complexity, diversity, and change. Students who experience an engaged liberal education gain broad knowledge (e.g., of science, culture, and society) and in-depth knowledge in a specific area of interest. They develop high-level transferable skills, including communication, evidence-based reasoning, and problem solving, as well as proficiencies particular to their fields.”
“Perhaps most importantly, liberally educated students learn how to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings. They develop a sense of social responsibility so they can contribute with integrity to their workplaces and to their communities, large and small.”
Launched in 2005, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) is a national public advocacy and campus action initiative of the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). LEAP champions the importance of a twenty-first-century liberal education—for individual students and for a nation dependent on economic creativity and democratic vitality.