Liberal Education Amplified

What is LEEP? Liberal Education and Effective Practice (LEEP) is Clark's bold effort to advance liberal education. It intentionally links a deep and integrated undergraduate curriculum with opportunities to put knowledge into practice in order to prepare our students for remarkable careers and purposeful, accomplished lives.

How do "liberal education" and "effective practice" come together at Clark to benefit students?

Liberal Education (LE) prepares you to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. It provides you with broad knowledge as well as in-depth study in an area of interest.

Liberally educated students think critically, inquire and analyze, and develop a strong ethical framework.

Effective Practice (EP) is the ability to put knowledge and skills to use in order to thrive in today's complex and ever-changing world.

Students with capacities of effective practice bring creativity and imagination, resilience and persistence, and the ability to constructively collaborate with others.

Liberal Education and Effective Practice (LEEP) systematically links liberal learning to the world of practice at every stage and in every dimension of the student experience.

Through LEEP, you learn to put your knowledge into action and gain capacities that employers seek and the world needs.

The LEEP Learning Model

Students benefit from an aligned and integrated set of educational experiences:

Academic Curriculum

Guidance and Mentoring

World and Workplace Experiences

Extracurricular and Co-curricular Activities

The LEEP learning continuum

A clear, highly integrated, personalized educational path enables you to:

ORIENT yourself through intensive introductory courses, known as First-Year Intensives or FYIs, and cocurricular activities.

EXPLORE your talents and career options through academic study and authentic work and research experiences.

ACT on your longer-term goals through projects that demonstrate applied knowledge and skills, and by emerging membership in communities of scholarship and practice.

LEEP Learning Outcomes

LEEP amplifies the four outcomes* of a liberal education with an additional outcome unique to Clark: effective practice. You will graduate with:

* Essential learning outcomes of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

Foundational Liberal Education Skills and Capacities

No. 1


Knowledge of the Natural World and Human Cultures and Societies
Including foundational disciplinary knowledge and the ability to employ different ways of knowing the world in its many dimensions.


The acquisition of this knowledge is focused by rigorous engagement with big questions, both contemporary and enduring.

No. 2


Intellectual and Practical skills
Including inquiry and analysis, the generation and evaluation of evidence and argument, critical and creative thinking, written and oral communication, quantitative literacy, information literacy, teamwork and problem-solving.


These skills are practiced extensively, across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards for performance.

No. 3


Personal and Social Responsibility
Including ethical reasoning and action, the intercultural understanding and competence to participate in a global society, civic knowledge and engagement locally as well as globally, and the lifelong habits of critical self-reflection and learning.


These abilities are anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges, taking particular advantage of Clark's urban location and global connections.

No. 4


Ability to Integrate Knowledge and Skills
Including synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies, bridging disciplinary and interdisciplinary thinking, and connecting the classroom and the world.


This is experienced through progressively more advanced knowledge creation, contextual reasoning, and the construction of shared meaning and opportunities for reflection.

Clark's Defining Contribution: The Capacity for Effective Practice

No. 5


Capacities of Effective Practice
Including creativity and imagination, self-directedness, resilience and persistence, and the abilities to collaborate with others across differences and to manage complexity and uncertainty.


These are demonstrated by application of knowledge and skills to issues of consequence and by emerging membership in larger communities of scholarship and practice.

President David Angel interviewed by the Chronicle of Higher Education

Clark's president describes how LEEP helps launch our students into their post-educational lives and careers.

LEEP Center - Clark University

The LEEP Center is a hub for undergraduates to find educational resources, funding opportunities, jobs and advising. It provides guidance in the following areas:

  1. Aligning your interests with academics
  2. Considering majors and making the right choice for you
  3. Learning outside the classroom, including internships, study abroad/away and LEEP Projects
  4. Preparing for a master's or doctoral program
  5. Exploring the best employment options for your degree and experience
  6. Developing leadership and collaborative skills

Located in the Alumni and Student Engagement Center at 939 Main St., the LEEP Center houses the following offices: