LEAP Wisconsin is an initiative of the University of Wisconsin System that seeks to increase understanding of the value and purpose of liberal education for UW students and Wisconsin citizens.
The Currency of the Liberal Arts and Sciences:
Rethinking Liberal Education in Wisconsin is an initiative of the University of Wisconsin System that seeks to increase the awareness of the value of liberal arts education for UW System students and Wisconsin citizens.
One of the strategies through which the initiative hopes to reach this goal is by promoting Campus Action, that is to say, by making the teaching and learning of liberal education goals intentional among faculty, staff and students at UW institutions.
Being intentional means ending the "conspiracy of voluntary silence," to quote Carol Geary Schneider, President of the Association of American Colleges & Universities. more ...
What does it mean to make the teaching and learning of liberal education intentional?
There are endless ways to do this:
- By placing the outcomes of a liberal education on the syllabi faculty develop for their courses as part of their learning goals for students;
- By discussing these outcomes with students in ways-in-person and online-that help students understand the practical and intellectual applicability of these outcomes to their lives in college and beyond;
- By communicating to incoming and first-year students the value and purpose of general education and the role of the liberal arts and sciences in providing that integral component of their education, regardless of proposed major or chosen field;
- By conducting formal and informal faculty and academic staff discussions on the value and purpose of liberal education, whether in the hallway of a department, a departmental meeting, in online discussion groups, or in the convening of other campus-wide committee meetings for faculty and academic staff;
- By holding seminars, lectures, fora for the campus community devoted to the discussion of the value and purpose of liberal education;
- By preparing electronic or print publications and documents that are shared with prospective, incoming, and current students.
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- UW-Fond du Lac
- UW-Green Bay
- UW-La Crosse
- UW-Marathon County
- Master's in Liberal Studies (MLS)
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's College of Letters and Science offers the Master's in Liberal Studies (MLS), the only degree of its kind in the state of Wisconsin. The MLS is designed for college graduates interested in an interdisciplinary master's degree. In the best liberal arts tradition, the MLS emphasizes breadth of learning across disciplines, critical thinking, clear communication, and integration of knowledge. While strengthening each student's general education is the primary goal of the program, the degree also expands professional and career opportunities. The MLS is based in the College of Letters and Science prestigious Center for 21st Century Studies and features small seminars led by distinguished graduate faculty.
- "Liberal Education in the Community:
UW Oshkosh weaves culture of lifelong learning," UW-Oshkosh Magazine, Spring 2007. (2.7 MB pdf)
Integration of the Liberal Arts Across the Curriculum in the
College of Letters & Science
A campus website with example statements from course syllabi.
- September 6, 2005, Opening Day Address
by Michael Zimmerman, Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences
The text of Dean Zimmerman's address, as posted on the AAC&U website.
- "A Liberating Education: UW-Oshkosh takes a LEAP forward," UW-Oshkosh Magazine, Spring 2006. (2.1 MB pdf)
- "An Essential Education: A strong liberal studies program at UW-Oshkosh
prepares students to be innovative, creative professionals," UW-Oshkosh Magazine, Fall 2006. (4.4 MB pdf)
- UW-River Falls
- Community Classroom: Fall 2005 (157 kb pdf poster)
Public lecture series, sponsored by the College of Arts
and Sciences, Outreach and Graduate Studies
- UW-Stevens Point
More to come!
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