Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP): Essential Learning Outcomes

From a 2007 report on liberal education, by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World

  • Through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences,
    humanities, histories, languages, and the arts

Focused by engagement with big questions, both contemporary
and enduring

Intellectual and Practical Skills, Including

  • Inquiry and analysis
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Written and oral communication
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Information literacy
  • Teamwork and problem solving

Practiced extensively, across the curriculum, in the context of
progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards for performance

Personal and Social Responsibility, Including

  • Civic knowledge and engagement–local and global
  • Intercultural knowledge and competence
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Foundations and skills for lifelong learning

Anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges

Integrative Learning, Including

  • Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and
    specialized studies

Demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills, and
responsibilities to new settings and complex problems