2018 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success
About the Institute
The 2018 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success will help campuses and state systems advance student success by making quality and equity the foundations for excellence in undergraduate education. Teams will work with Institute faculty to articulate guided student learning pathways that serve as a catalyst to deepen connections between the assets students bring to college and their educational experiences. Drawing on evidence-based research that demonstrates a positive relationship between student participation in high-impact practices (HIPs) and improved student outcomes, teams will define and develop curricular and co-curricular practices to support student engagement, advance curricular coherence, and generate equitable outcomes. Utilizing emerging research on AAC&U’s Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) rubrics and newly-established VALUE Institute, participating teams will define and/or strengthen processes for directly assessing student achievement of learning outcomes, as a result of participation in high-impact practices. These processes will help campus and system level teams set and monitor progress towards equity goals to improve educational outcomes for all students. Recognizing that institutions are increasingly doing more with less, campuses will find support for their efforts to implement educational change and bring effective practices to scale. The Institute program addresses ambitious goals for improving both completion rates and the quality of student learning and is highly relevant for institutions at various stages of work.
The Institute will help campuses, higher education systems, and consortia embed diversity, equity, and educational quality into their missions and everyday practices by developing guided learning pathways that involve high-impact practices and provide opportunities for all students to apply and integrate their learning across the curriculum and cocurriculum.
Campus teams attending the Institute complete preparatory work to maximize their learning when they arrive. Each team completes an action plan over the course of the Institute. Teams use their time together to discover new approaches and to create and rehearse their plans. The Institute schedule features
- daily team time to work on action plans;
- individual team consultations with Institute faculty;
- plenary sessions, facilitated discussions, and interactions with other campus teams; and
- reflection and skill-building sessions.