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Tarleton, Texas colleges join national advocacy initiative

Tarleton State University

Monday, February 10, 2014

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton and 60 other colleges and universities in Texas have become part of the Association of American Colleges and Universities LEAP initiative. LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) is a national advocacy, campus action and research initiative that promotes a 21st century liberal education.

“LEAP responds to the changing demands of life in the 21st century,” said Dr. Diane Taylor, Tarleton’s assistant vice president for academic programs and accreditation. “Today’s university graduate needs advanced levels of learning and knowledge as well as strong intellectual and critical thinking skills to navigate an ever-changing landscape successfully and responsibly.”

Texas Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund Paredes said, “Students at Texas higher education institutions must attain certain critical skills for future success in the workplace and throughout life. Strong communication, the ability to work well within a team, critical thinking skills, as well as other competences have been identified in the new Texas Core Curriculum for Higher Education as being crucial to success. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and LEAP Texas are aligned in our efforts to identify higher education learning outcomes that not only improve completion and productivity rates within higher education and the workforce, but also enhance and inspire the quality of students’ learning.”

LEAP Texas is a collaborative of 34 public two-year colleges, 23 universities of varying missions, four research flagships, and a private institution with the capacity to reach almost 900,000 students. Administratively, LEAP Texas is currently housed at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Future administrative oversight will be guided by the elected leadership.


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Dr. Diane Taylor

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