“LEAP” for Lamar State College – Orange

Katie Rather

Katie Fusilier Rather, Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Lamar State College – Orange, has been elected to the LEAP Texas Board of Directors.  LEAP, Liberal Education and America’s Promise, is a signature initiative of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).

Of the twelve board members, Ms. Rather is the sole representative from the Texas State University System.  Her appointment will be beneficial in pursuing the LEAP Texas areas of focus:

  1. leveraging the newly designed state core curriculum for the overall improvement in undergraduate education;
  2. creating a capacity for inter-institutional collaboration in robust and authentic assessment; and
  3. embedding high-impact practices in the undergraduate curriculum.

Lamar State College - Orange (LSC-O) first became part of the LEAP Texas start-up initiative in December 2011 when Texas was developing its proposal to join the AAC&U’s signature project.  In Fall 2013, LSC-O officially joined LEAP Texas.  Ms. Rather’s appointment gives LSC-O first-hand knowledge of trends and best practices as well as input at state and national levels regarding the improvement of student learning outcomes.  Her term as an inaugural board member representing two-year institutions begins June 1, 2014.