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Continuing Research on High-Impact Practices

A Mixed Method Analysis of High-Impact Practices on Student Learning for Historically Underrepresented Students

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is conducting a research project, funded by the TG Philanthropy Program, to examine undergraduate data from universities across the three Compass state systems (California State University System, Oregon University System, and University of Wisconsin System). The project investigates the impact of engaged learning on traditionally underrepresented populations, specifically first-generation, minority, and low-income students.

AAC&U researchers Ashley Finley, Senior Director of Assessment and Research, and Tia McNair, Senior Director for Student Success, gathered student-level data on engaged learning from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and conducted focus groups with underserved students. These findings are presented in the publication Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-Impact Practices. Additionally, AAC&U, in partnership with Excelencia in Education and with support from the TG Philanthropy Program, is working with five Hispanic Serving Institutions committed to developing plans for refining, extending and more effectively assessing existing high-impact practices to improve Latino student retention, academic success and graduation. Campus teams are building programs to focus on embedding, scaling, and assessing high impact practices to maximize inclusion and success for all students.

The following five campus teams are:

  • Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Bronx Community College
  • Palm Beach State College
  • Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
  • University of Texas at Brownsville

AAC&U Project Staff: Tia McNair, Ashley Finley, and Alexis Krivian