High-Impact Practices

The teaching and learning practices below have been widely tested and have been shown to be beneficial for college students from many backgrounds, especially historically underserved students, who often do not have equitable access to high-impact learning. These practices take many different forms, depending on learner characteristics and on institutional priorities and contexts.

  • First-Year Experiences
  • Common Intellectual Experiences
  • Learning Communities
  • Writing-Intensive Courses
  • Collaborative Assignments and Projects
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Diversity/Global Learning
  • Service Learning, Community-Based Learning
  • Internships
  • Capstone Courses and Projects

On many campuses, assessment of student involvement in active learning practices such as these has made it possible to assess the practices’ contribution to students’ cumulative learning. Educational research suggests that the high-impact practices mentioned here increase rates of student retention and student engagement. However, on almost all campuses, utilization of active learning practices is unsystematic, to the detriment of student learning.

Download a pdf flyer describing the High-Impact Practices here.

Campus Models and Case Studies

Town Halls and Great Debates at Shenandoah and Tarleton State

There is a moment that Eric Leonard, Henkel Family Chair in International Affairs at Shenandoah University, looks forward to each year. On town hall night, he watches students leave the auditorium... Read More

A Tale of Three Grants: Redesigning First-Year Experiences to Bolster Student Success

After struggling for years with low completion rates, administrators at Chattanooga State Community College (ChSCC) decided to try something new. In 2010, when the Commission on Colleges of the... Read More

Quality Enhancement through Community Engagement at Radford University

For decades, Radford University—a public university in Radford, Virginia—has been proud to engage students through high-impact practices (HIPs). But in 2010, when the Commission on Colleges of the... Read More
Texas A&M University–San Antonio

High-Impact Practices Help Students Succeed During University Expansion

In fall 2016, after exclusively educating junior-level, senior-level, and graduate students for over ten years, Texas A&M University–San Antonio (A&M–SA) underwent a unique kind of two- to... Read More
Brookdale Community College

High-Impact Practices Create a Roadmap to Success at Brookdale Community College

High-Impact Practices Create a Roadmap to Success at Brookdale Community College Like many institutions in the years after the Great Recession, Brookdale Community College was in trouble. Decreased... Read More
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