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Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success

About the Institute

The Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success—formerly the Greater Expectations Institute—is designed to help campuses develop high-impact practices, activities, and strategies that are engaging to students and effective at improving both persistence and achievement of essential learning outcomes.  Foregrounding the success of students who have historically been underserved, the program is attentive to the nation’s evolving demographic, to diversity, equity, and quality of learning. The curriculum reflects the latest research on practices that help all students to complete their degrees—connecting high-impact learning intentionally to student success. It builds on research suggesting that underserved students benefit even more than do traditionally advantaged students when they participate in high-impact practices.

2001–2010: Greater Expectations Institute

The Greater Expectations Institute, launched in 2001, was designed to help campuses improve the quality of undergraduate education to prepare more Americans for success in a globally interdependent society. The institute was specifically designed for campuses working to build institutional capacity and leadership to increase the inclusion, engagement, and high achievement of all their students. The institute helped campus teams align institutional purposes, structures, and practices as well as advance and assess learning outcomes that are essential for success in today’s world. The Institute was based on AAC&U’s Greater Expectations, Making Excellence Inclusive, and Liberal Education and America’s Promise initiatives. After its tenth anniversary in 2010, the Greater Expectations Institute has evolved into the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success.


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