Wildcat Learning Effectiveness in Action Program (LEAP)

Taking a LEAP!

Hosted at JWU’s Providence Campus, Wildcat LEAP is a fee-based educational program designed to help students discover how they learn and to develop specific strategies to enhance their learning. The program includes one-on-one support, small group instruction, and a 3-credit course available only to LEAP participants.

Our student body is rich and diverse, and we’ve learned to embrace them and promote their diversity in a way that they learn not only from faculty but from each other. They really grow and flourish here.Joseph Barresi Jr., PhD, LICSW, LCDP, Associate Dean of Student Affairs

Program Structure

Wildcat LEAP is a 10-month program, operating August through May.

The JWU experience begins with a 10-day intensive summer program designed to support students through the transition from high school to college. Participants explore the many supports available to them at JWU, begin to learn about themselves and their learning styles, and develop peer supports within their LEAP cohort.

Throughout the fall semester, LEAP participants benefit from biweekly individualized support from their LEAP Learning Specialist. In addition to one-on-one support, the cohort is enrolled in a 3-credit course designed specifically for and available only to LEAP participants.

The program continues through the spring semester with biweekly one-on-one meetings with their LEAP Learning Specialist as well as workshops on topics selected by the LEAP cohort. The program concludes with the development of a Wildcat LEAP Student academic portfolio that demonstrates comprehensive evidence of applied learning strategies.

LEAP is ideally suited for students with Executive Function challenges. Those with AD/HD and/or Specific Learning Disabilities qualify for the program. LEAP is not for other types of disabilities.

Wildcat LEAP Includes:

  • 10-day summer program
  • one-on-one support
  • small group instruction throughout the academic year
  • 3-credit course available only to LEAP participants


LEAP Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an application process for LEAP?
Yes, students must provide recent (within the last 3 years) testing results along with documentation of their diagnoses.  If older testing results are shared, they will be reviewed; however, more recent testing is optimal to fully understand learning needs and strengths. You may inquire with Accessibility Services for local referrals for psychological and/or educational testing: 401-598-4660. Apply for Wildcat LEAP here.

Is there a required interview?
Yes, all applicants will receive an individual interview to answer your questions and ensure Wildcat LEAP is the right program for you. An in-person interview is preferred; however, we will allow interviews by telephone or skype if needed. The interview will be scheduled at a convenient time for you, after we receive your application materials.

Can students enroll in Wildcat LEAP if they are unable to participate in the 10-day summer program?
Students who are unable to participate in the summer portion are welcome to join the LEAP cohort when they arrive for their Fall semester.