Association of American Universites and colleges and Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education have announced Kentucky because the seventh official state partner in Liberal Education and America\’s Promise (LEAP): Excellence for everybody as a Nation Goes to College.
Utilizing LEAP resources and frameworks, Kentucky universites and colleges have begun focusing on clarifying learning outcomes and the way to demonstrate that all Kentucky two-year and four-year university students are receiving quality undergraduate degrees.
\”The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education sought to become LEAP partner state since the goals of LEAP are so congruent with our new 2011-15 strategic agenda for Kentucky postsecondary and adult education,?Stronger by Degrees,\” said Robert L. King, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.
\”The assessment strategies and development of high-impact educational practices we will be developing and testing as part of our involvement using the LEAP initiative is going to be critical to meeting our goal of increasing high-quality degree production and completion rates at all levels.\”
Kentucky is one of eight states involved in AAC&U\’s new?Quality Collaboratives Initiative, which is funded partly by the Lumina Foundation. Through the initiative, states interact to learn in one another and develop consensus frameworks that measure college students\’ level of competence and achievement in five areas: broad and specialized knowledge, intellectual skills, applied learning, and civic learning.
Using this framework, america test various approaches that assess learning demonstrated in examples of students’ actual work, helping campuses develop educational practices that:
Ensure that students achieve essential outcomes at appropriately high levels
Document students\’ attainment of outcomes
Facilitate students\’ change in courses and competencies from two-year institutions to four-year institutions on their way to completing college degrees
\”Colleges and universities across the state of Kentucky are already working to make sure that graduates attain the kinds of learning that will best position them for achievement in today\’s turbulent global environment,\” said AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider.
\”AAC&U is pleased to partner with these institutions to accelerate their learning improvement efforts and shine a national spotlight around the high-impact educational practices Kentucky colleges and universities already are developing.\”