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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.

2018-2019 LEAP into Action Grant: Apply Now

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.

The submission deadline is Friday, January 25, 2019; at 5:00 p.m. Applications are to be submitted online.

2017-2018 LEAP into Action Grant Recipients

Projects and recipients of the 2018 LEAP into Action Grant:

  • Exploring an Analyzing Data from the Local Organization "Boy with a Ball" - by Ping Ye
  • Our Community - Our Hunger - by Gary Adcox
  • Relational Aesthetics Eatery - by Heather Foster
  • English Composition II: Reading and Writing for Social Justice: Rising Up! imagining a Different Kind of Society - by Lisa Diehl and Matthew McEver
  • Instruction Modules to Support Writing Across the Curriculum by Jim Shimkus and Michelle Gilstrap
  • Art Beyond the Blocks - by Erin McIntosh
  • Examining a Medieval Manuscript in the Music History Classroom by Esther Morgan-Ellis
  • Craft Media in Painting Exhibition - by Vivian Liddell
  • Development of New Hands On and Inquiry Based Cell Biology Laboratory Modules - by Ramneet Kaur and Swapna Bhat
  • Ecology of Endemic Systems - Electronic Data Collection in an Intensive Field Biology Course - by James Diggs and Evan Lampert
  • Needle in the Haystack: Using LEAP Principles and Practices to Help Students Navigate Information Overload - by Teresa Nesbitt, Amanda Nash, and Barbara Petersohn
  • Visualizing a Multilingual Community:  A Study of the Linguistic Landscape of Buford Highway - by Yunjuan He and Kristi Hislope
  • Blue Ridge Scholars Literacy Project - by Nathan Price, Alison Hite, Andrew Pearl, Phillip Mitchell, Robert Scott, and Paula Mullins

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 More about how UNG plans to implement the use of LEAP’s ideas and tools.

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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