Enhancing Student Success with High-Impact Practices (HIPs)

ImpactIn case you missed it, here is a brief summary of CETL Director Brian Smentkowski’s workshop on High-Impact Practices.

The AACU explains the problem in their HIPs overview:

“On almost all campuses, utilization of active learning practices is unsystematic, to the detriment of student learning…”
                                                  – The American Association of Colleges and Universities 

High-Impact Practices (HIPs) help to effectively broaden active learning opportunities across the campus.

  • What are HIPs? High-impact practices (HIPs) are curriculum-integrated active learning experiences and large-scale programs designed to maximize student engagement and participation.
  • Examples of HIPs: Service learning, Internships, Study Abroad, Undergraduate Research Projects, Capstone & Culminating courses, First-year Learning Communities, General. Ed. Common Read, etc.
  • Why are HIPs effective? HIPs work because they drive student engagement and encourage big accomplishments in active, collaborative programs. Students become immersed in rewarding, challenging tasks that promote community-enhanced learning.
  • HIPs key elements: High-expectation, high-visibility tasks over extended time periods leading to deeper learning; substantive interactions with peers and faculty, frequent and constructive feedback; structured opportunities for reflection; integrates complex, relevant and real-world learning.

Although HIPs are often characterized by broad-reach programs, elements of HIPs are also effective on a smaller scale with active learning strategies such as peer feedback, design projects, and team problem-solving assignments.

Contact CETL if you’d like to learn more, or read how HIPs are being implemented in the resources below: