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LEAP Challenge New England Institutions Initiative

LEAP Challenge New England Institutions Initiative

UMass Lowell is one of eight New England Colleges and Universities, public and private, working on ways to make “signature work” a goal for all students.  

Our extensive previous work with LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise), a national public advocacy and campus initiative of the AAC&U led to UMass Lowell’s being invited to take part in this three-year initiative funded by the Davis Educational Foundation.  

UMass Lowell’s Biological Sciences and Psychology departments are engaged in a three-year investigation of the opportunities for and barriers to student learning in signature work, a concept which aligns closely with our Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome (ELO) for Applied and Integrative Learning (AIL).  To share the work underway on our campus, a UMass Lowell team attended the 2016 AAC&U Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments in Chicago.