The AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities) identifies Undergraduate Research as one of ten, High-Impact Educational Practices. They have been widely tested and shown to be beneficial for college students from a variety of backgrounds. Many colleges and universities are now providing undergraduate research experiences for students in all disciplines. Through the AAC&U's LEAP (Liberal Education and America's Promise) initiative launched in 2005, the goals for college learning are more closely aligned with the needs of the new global century. LEAP identifies research as one of the three strands of primary and concurrent work designed to provide evidence on the essential learning outcomes of a liberal education in helping students meet 21st century educational standards.