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About LEAP

LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) is an AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities) initiative designed to provide institutions of higher education with a practical framework for delivering an inclusive liberal education in a complex and diverse world. 

LEAP into Action Grant

As an active member of LEAP States Georgia, UNG wishes to implement the use of LEAP’s ideas and tools on all campuses by inviting faculty and staff submissions for a grant opportunity called LEAP into Action.

2019-2020 LEAP into Action Grant

In consideration of workloads, LEAP into Action is designed to provide support for small-scale yet impactful changes to existing coursework or an entirely new project or assignment. Individuals or teams may apply for a grant that will support time and materials to implement a LEAP-related project.

LEAP into Action will award 20 projects with up to $1,000 per award. Submissions should include:
  • Name, email address, department, and primary campus of applicant. If submitting as a team, the individual submitting the application in the online portal will be designated as the primary contact
  • Proposal title
  • Thorough description of project or assignment that includes anticipated goals and merits, and indicates whether it is new or a redesign (max. 750 words)
  • Explanation of how the project or assignment integrates LEAP ideas or tools (Essential Learning Outcomes, Principles of Excellence, High-Impact Practices, VALUE Rubrics, etc.) (max. 500 words)
  • System for measuring success (max. 500 words)
  • Timeline for Implementation (max. 300 words)
  • Budget report outlining use of funds or justification for compensation
  • Letter of support from department head

Awardees will be expected to participate in a LEAP event associated with UNG’s SOIRE research day.

Leap Competition has concluded.

2020 LEAP into Action Grant Recipients

Projects and recipients of the 2020 LEAP into Action Grant:

  • From Community Garden to Environmental Science Lab – Gary Adcox and Susan Brantley (Oconee campus)
  • Gamifying Global Issues: Integrating Experiential Learning by Simulating International Relations – Dwight Wilson and Bibek Chand (Gainesville campus)
  • Incorporating Culturally Relevant Practices and Symposium to a Pre-Service Teacher Training Course – Kimberly Davidson and Sarah Williams (Gainesville campus)
  • Journal-to-Journalism: A Collaborative Application of Scientific Consumption in the Court of Public Opinion – Ralph Hale and Valerie Surrett (Gainesville campus)
  • Implementing Structured Academic Controversy in Children’s Literature and Language Arts – Danielle Hartsfield (Dahlonega campus)
  • Assessing Students’ Reading using Coding Apps – Annmarie Jackson (Gainesville campus)
  • eCoaching in Teacher Education: Immediate Feedback in Action – Jennifer Jones, Tiffany Watson, Nicole Maxwell and Danielle Hilaski (Cumming campus)
  • Making Audio/Visual Listening Guides in Music Appreciation – Esther Morgan-Ellis (Dahlonega campus)
  • Estimating Carbon Storage in Standing Trees: A LEAP-Based Approach – Alex Olvido (Oconee campus)
  • Tumbling Creek Hiking Concert – David Peoples (Gainesville campus)
  • Course Proposal for Nationally Competitive Scholarships Bootcamp – Kathryn Quinto Garcia (Gainesville campus)
  • Presentation Skill Evaluation and Self-Directed Improvement for Business Students in Professional Development Program – April Ross (Dahlonega campus)

Faculty and staff receive LEAP into Action Grants for 12 Projects

A boot camp that prepares students to apply for nationally competitive scholarships and a phone app to measure children's reading skills are two of the 12 projects funded by Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) into Action grants for fall 2020. Read the full UNG news article for more details!

Team-teaching concepts increase on Oconee Campus

As a way to teach University of North Georgia (UNG) students about the history and politics of wars and how those interpretations have evolved over time in films, Dr. Lance Bardsley and Dan Cabaniss are collaborating to present the topic through an interdisciplinary learning community. Read the full UNG news article for more details!

Faculty start new programs or expand on existing ones through LEAP grants

Typically, University of North Georgia (UNG) seniors pursuing degrees in elementary and special education learn a teaching technique in a college classroom one day, implement it with students another day, and return to campus a week later for feedback and support from the professor. Read the full UNG news article for more details!

Educators LEAP into Action with impactful changes in the classroom

Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) is an Association of American Colleges and Universities initiative designed to provide colleges and universities with a practical framework for delivering an inclusive liberal education in a complex and diverse world. Read the full UNG news article for more details!

Grant jumpstarts community garden on Oconee Campus

Dr. Gary Adcox was simply hoping to use a community garden to engage students in stocking an on-campus food pantry with fresh foods while learning about sustainable food production and nutrition when he applied for a $1,000 UNG Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) Initiative grant earlier this year. Read the full UNG news article for more details!

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