Island University Serving Lead Role in Curriculum Effort

Published: March 28, 2014

Island University Serving Lead Role in Curriculum Effort

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi and institutions of higher education from across the state have joined together to form LEAP Texas.  Liberal Education for America’s Promise (LEAP) is a signature program of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Texas is now the 10th official LEAP State partner.

“We are excited to be a leader for Texas in this nationwide program,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “Through service learning initiatives such as the volunteer income tax prep program and our work with the First Year Islander program, we aim to fully prepare students for leadership positions in the community.

The LEAP Texas initiative will focus on three key areas; leveraging the newly redesigned Texas Core Curriculum for Higher Education (largely informed by the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes) for the overall improvement in undergraduate education, creating opportunities for large-scale collaboration in robust and authentic assessment, and embedding high-impact practices in the undergraduate curriculum.

“The Island University is honored to be part of this collaborative group that is committed to addressing the curriculum and support needed for successful programs and students,” said Dr. Christopher Markwood, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We are striving to create initiatives that have positive change on student’s lives, this community, across the State of Texas and beyond.  The collaboration available through LEAP Texas will help us reach our goals.” 

Markwood has been elected the financial officer for the new organization, which is temporarily housed at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

LEAP Texas is a collaborative of 34 public two-year colleges, 23 universities, 4 research flagships, and a private institution with the capacity to reach almost 900,000 students.

LEAP Texas officials see opportunity for significant large-scale collaboration to address the challenges of an increasingly diverse and growing student population, increasing demands for accountability, the state's new core curriculum for higher education, and a period of rapidly changing technology.

About Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi: Offering more than 60 of the most popular degree programs in the state, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has proudly provided a solid academic reputation, renowned faculty, and highly-rated degree programs since 1947.  The Island University has earned its spot as a premier doctoral-granting institution, supporting two research institutes and 10 research centers and labs. Discover your island at