Dear Colleagues,

In preparation for our upcoming LDI on Friday, November 2, 2018, I wanted to provide some information on our focus for the day.    The theme for the year is "Learning in the Legacy Year!” and our theme for the day is "Creating a Student Learning Legacy through LEAP West!"  Special thanks to Provost Micheal Crafton and his team for the planning and programming of this important day!

Overview:
At UWG, we define Legacy as “an expectation of excellence and accountability” that will only be achieved if we foster an environment of continued assessment and improvement. This dedication to create a legacy for our students—both those who are here now or who will attend in the future—is at the heart of UWG’s emerging LEAP West! initiatives. Through LEAP West! UWG is committed to engaged collaboration and partnerships between staff and faculty in support of student learning and success; high impact educational practices inside and beyond the classroom that will support and improve student retention and progression toward graduation; faculty leadership in course and curriculum design aligned with best national practices; and equipping students with the practical skills, problem-solving abilities, and civic awareness required for personal and professional success in the twenty-first century. LEAP West! is aligned with UWG's Strategic Imperative I (Student Success) and will enable us to move closer to our aspirational goal of being the best regional comprehensive university in the nation.

Goals of the LDI:
1. Learn how LEAP, a national initiative, is emerging at UWG and throughout the University System of Georgia as a way to enhance student learning and engagement.
2. Understand how LEAP West! contributes in positive and authentic ways to UWG’s strategic retention, progression, and graduation goals. 
3. Explore how to lead your department, unit, and/or division toward greater participation in LEAP West! in ways that are meaningful, effective, and aligned with your organizational goals.

Again, it is important that you attend the LDI.  If you are not able to attend due to a conference or an emergency, please let your VP know and send a quick email to Danielle Tackett by close of business, Monday, October 29.

Finally, at the LDI, we will provide you with printed copies of some important references and resources related to LEAP. If you would like to look these over before the LDI  (and we encourage you to do so!), you can find them at this link:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1WfYAvK-0Wojyfub3YmA3s7MwVoTf5XtI?usp=sharing 

More information on LEAP and the LEAP West! can be found here:
https://www.westga.edu/administration/vpaa/leap-west.php  

Sincerely,
Kyle