Clark University begins first academic LEEP year
Following unprecedented 30% surge in applications, students to fully experience campus-wide commitment to Clark's pioneering model for higher education
WORCESTER, Mass., Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Clark University greets every new academic year with exciting changes on campus. This fall, students, faculty and staff formally set out under the banner of LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice), Clark's pioneering model for higher education.
LEEP builds upon the historic and distinctive strengths of Clark and fully integrates life-changing world, workplace and personal experiences with a robust liberal arts curriculum, giving students the full range of skills needed to thrive in today's complex, ever-changing world. LEEP forges valuable connections among students and the types of global businesses, organizations, and communities upon which they will make their mark.
Applications for fall 2013 admission were up nearly 30 percent, and the University recently welcomed one of the largest classes in its 125-year history. The Class of 2017 was the first to be fully recruited within the full context of LEEP, and it appears that LEEP is resonating with families and students who recognize the value of a liberal education and effective practice.
"This fall is an important milestone in Clark's long history of innovative liberal education, research and transformative student learning," Clark President David P. Angel said. "The LEEP framework promises that the finest elements of a Clark education are accessible to every student, providing them with authentic engagement in the world and workplace."
Four LEEP Scholars have arrived at Clark, each a recipient of the LEEP Scholarship. The students were selected from more than 950 applicants and receive full tuition, room, and board for four years.
Clark's LEEP model is the culmination of years of research in the learning sciences and emerging adulthood, and is guided by the essential learning outcomes of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).
"Clark is one of a very select group of colleges and universities that my own association watches very carefully because of its creativity and pace-setting leadership in undergraduate education," AAC&U President Carol Geary-Schneider said during Clark's 2012 commencement.
Founded in 1887 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University is a small, liberal arts-based research university addressing social and human imperatives on a global scale. The Clark educational experience embodies the University's motto: Challenge convention. Change our world. www.clarku.edu
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