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2014 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success

June 17-21, 2014
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee

The deadline for the 2014 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success has passed, and we are no longer accepting applications.

Application Guidelines

The Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success invites applications from a campus, system, or regional collaborative team of five individuals. 

All regionally accredited two- and four-year colleges and universities are eligible to apply. The online application consists of an information section and a narrative section. The narrative should not exceed 1,300 words.

Campus Teams

A campus team typically consists of a team leader and four team members. Team leaders are most often senior academic or student affairs officers.  Teams should be diverse and cross-functional, including faculty from a variety of disciplines.  Teams should recruit individuals from various sectors of campus that will be significantly involved in the projected campus work, as well as key individuals who could extend the reach of action. In the past, teams have included faculty, provosts, deans, department chairs, student affairs educators, registrars, librarians, and students. 

The Application Narrative:

Consult the following prompts to guide the narrative. Questions are meant to suggest direction rather than to be exclusive.

  • Need: What work has your institution planned or begun to build capacity for inclusion, engagement, and success for all students? How successful have you been at building interest and commitment? How successful have you been in transforming the curriculum to meet the changing demands for learning in the twenty-first century and the evolving demographics of the student body? What have you already accomplished related to learning outcomes, assessment, and student success? Who was involved? What are your next steps?
  • Goals: What specific project or assignment do you expect to advance at the institute? How does your project advance an inclusive approach to connect individuals from a range of campus sectors to larger institutional or systemic efforts for high-quality learning and student success? In what ways are your quality improvement and diversity efforts linked? What do you hope to achieve in the next year and in the next three years?
  • Contributions: How has your campus contributed to local, regional, or national efforts to raise expectations for learning for all students?
  • Team: What is the rationale for your team’s composition? How do team members reflect a shared commitment to inclusion, engagement, and excellence on your campus or across your collaborative?

To view materials and resources from the 2013 Institute, including how successful applicants defined their team goals, click here. For an example of a completed Campus Action Plan (from Salt Lake Community College), click here.

For more information about this Institute, please write to