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LEAP Initiative/General Education

North Dakota University System faculty members are leading the review of University System general education requirements based on the Liberal Education and America's Promise initiative.

A national initiative, LEAP champions the value of liberal education for individual students and for a nation dependent on economic creativity and democratic vitality. The initiative focuses campus practice on fostering essential learning outcomes for all students, whatever their chosen field of study.

LEAP seeks to engage the public with core questions about what really matters in college; give students a compass to guide their learning; make a set of essential learning outcomes the preferred framework for educational excellence and assessment of learning; and create new alignments between educational secondary and higher education.


LEAP Campus Contacts
Ryan Pitcher Bismarck State College
Wayne Johnson Dakota College at Bottineau
Alan Church Dickinson State University
Doug Darling Lake Region State College
Bob Bennett Mayville State University
Andrea Donovan Minot State University
Brad Tews North Dakota State College of Science
Larry Peterson North Dakota State University
Tom Steen University of North Dakota
Linda Whitney Valley City State University
Jim Stout Williston State College


North Dakota public, tribal and private colleges are participating in a statewide discussion of general education review and reform. These campuses have signed the North Dakota General Education Constitution, a document that establishes expectations related to campus representation, periodic meetings, election of officers and voting. For more information, contact Lisa Johnson, NDUS director of articulation and transfer.

Bismarck State CollegeDakota College at BottineauDickinson State UniversityLake Region State CollegeMayville State UniversityMinot State UniversityNorth Dakota State College of ScienceNorth Dakota State UniversityUniversity of North DakotaValley City State UniversityWilliston State College
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