Liberal Education and America’s Promise: The Aims and Competencies of a 21st-Century Liberal Education

The outcomes of a liberal education are widely recognized as the foundation for advancing human potential, economic growth and stability, and forming an engaged and productive citizenry. While the importance of these educational outcomes is agreed upon by most corporate and academic leaders, many students do not share the same views. Similar in spirit to BHEF’s “Spanning the Chasm” reports (1997, 1999) that featured a dialogue among corporate and academic leaders regarding the most important college outcomes, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) launched the Liberal Education and America’s Promise campaign (LEAP) that seeks the collaboration of business and industry to ensure that every student understands the value of and has the opportunity to receive a liberal education.

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