The LEAP (Leadership, Engagement, Achievement, Professionalism) Institute is one of Fort Valley State University’s preeminent Centers of Excellence. Its primary mission is to provide each FVSU student with the LEAP Experience, which positions each FVSU graduate, regardless of discipline, to become gainfully employed (career/workforce ready), fully-qualified for graduate school and unequivocally prepared for leadership. There are two major foci of the LEAP Experience: an Academic Focus and a Co-Curricula Focus. Each student who matriculates at the University will be actively engaged in the LEAP Experience. Specifically, this experience ensures that each student, who persists through to graduation, receives a comprehensive, structured, immersion into a discipline-focused and credentialed exposure to experiential learning via five major areas: Leadership, Service Learning, Civic Responsibility, Volunteerism, and Professional Development, with significant emphasis on proficient soft skills development.
- Addressing the LEAP Experience evaluation criteria requires the respondents to provide or address a mixture of quantitative and qualitative data.
- The LEAP Experience evaluation questionnaires are being distributed to deans, department chairs, faculty, and staff who work with students. For the sake of efficiency and accountability, respondents are strongly encouraged to seek the input of their departments in the course of preparing the responses to the review questions.
- Respondents are requested to complete all of the questions for each of the five (5) areas.
- All questionnaires must be completed and submitted electronically to the LEAP Taskforce no later than November 1, 2017.
Guiding Principles and Definitions*
*Adapted from the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS)
Instructions: Please identify opportunities in your course, program, or college where students engage in one or more of the five areas below:
- Leadership – guides a group in meeting its goals; identifies and understands the dynamics of a group, exhibits democratic principles, communicates a vision, mission, or purpose.
- Service Learning – participates in service activities as part of a course to meet an educational objective for academic credit.
- Civic Responsibility – affirms and values the worth of individuals and communities through participation in activities which develop good citizenship.
- Volunteerism – involved in service activities that impact the world (at the international, national, state, local community levels) in which we live.
- Professional Development – engages in capstone experiences, internships, and other academic activities, where students develop soft skills desired by employers.